I am going to call Arteta a DM, although while he does not fit my profile of a DM, I recognize that he did a great job for us, but, can he endure another long season?
Last season, I felt Coquelin was being groomed as first choice back-up. Now I learn the Fella has been shipped out on loan. I think signals can be read into this. What if Arteta were to sustain a long term nasty?
First: No dedicated DM, rather a defensive midfield duo. Jack and Rambo, although I have to say that The Ox looked supremely comfortable there when asked to step in at the end of last season (can’t remember the game).
Second option: We need a dedicated DM. Arsene is going shopping.
Noises surrounded Lars Bender earlier in the window, and I understand this, but inevitably, any purchase must fit in with the overall transfer budget, and therefore priorities must be addressed.
For me, a top class DM is THE priority, but it must be a player who adds a different dimension. In the same way that I prefer a Suarez “type” to a Higuain “type” to add real alternatives to Ollie, I feel a new DM should add height, on top of the usual attributes of mobility, intercerteptiness, tacklely, fearless and fightsome.
I’m not saying a great DM should necessarily be a Big ‘Un, but the height could add to both our defensive as well as offensive options.
In your opinion, where does a DM sit in your list of priorities?
Written by MickyDidIt