This season has proved that it really is a squad game, though the majority of our midfield 3 positions have been filled by only 5 players, Coquelin, Cazorla, Ramsey, Ozil and Flamini.
As an excuse for a poll, I thought it might be an idea to see if we can predict our midfield 3 for the start of next season. Hopefully we’ll be going into it as champions, but I realise that there’s a long long way to go until May and all sorts of hurdles will have to be negotiated along the way if we are to be successful. At the moment it’s a possibility but no more than that. The summer will probably see some leave and maybe some top class players arrive. Anyway, here are the runners and riders as they stand. Who would you expect to be pulling on the shirt come August?
It appears Arsene sees Alex with a long term future as a central midfielder, perhaps. It’s difficult to see this happening at the moment as playing there means your choices have to be pretty spot-on and Alex’s are anything but. It would be wonderful to see him fulfill his massive potential though, wouldn’t it?
Poor Jack, just as he was looking ripped and ready to go after recovering from his cup final hangover, he got an impact break to his lower leg in training caused by his own team mate. Could Jack come back soon, confound all of LB’s expectations and cement a permanent place in our midfield three? I’m not saying where, though, LB.
Mikel has started to creak a little this season after a few seasons of magnificent service to the club both as a player and as an ambassador . I’d be amazed if he was still getting pitch time next season as his contract expires this summer. Perhaps his coaching badges beckon?
Jeff has just turned 18 and looks to have the skills and physique to be a future star for The Gunners. Maybe his position will end up as one of the front three rather than in midfield. Let’s hope he matures steadily under Wenger’s tutelage and becomes the type of player who draws fans to the stadium.
It would appear this season is Tomas’s swansong with his contract also up in the summer. Wouldn’t it be marvellous if he could produce a few crucial moments in the closing stages of this season now that he’s training again?
El Nino has only just joined us so it’s almost impossible to give an informed opinion on the player. He appears to tick all the right boxes, skilful, great engine and with a strong and determined attitude. Time will tell. Personally I’d like him to be proving he’s of a similar quality to Kos and Nacho by the start of next season but may take a little longer.
Aaron’s reported flirtation with Barcelona might just be click bait. Then again, maybe monkey-boy has been telling him how good the paella can be. Who knows? Do you think he’s a future captain in the making? For me he’s still lacking discipline and consistency but his quality and versatility is there for all to see.
Here’s to you, Mathieu Flamini, Arsenal loves you more than you will know. His two goals against the N17 miscreants and vital ‘stepping into the breach’ when Coquelin became injured has cemented his place in the Arsenal hall of fame but with his contract up in June and his rumoured billionaire status, why would he want to carry on? Then again, maybe we need him to keep Mesut happy!
Le Coq was definitely last season’s big surprise and there’s no reason to suggest he can’t come straight back into the team this season and shore things up again at the back, is there? His discipline, reading of the game, tackling and interceptions make him a virtual shoe-in for next season, don’t they?
Alex is the nephew of Jay Jay Okocha and that is good pedigree. In his limited pitch time so far, he seems to be able to make good decisions about the right moment to pass. Like Jeff, his final position may be further forward.
Santi’s contract runs until 2017. I’d imagine he has agreed with Arsene that he can go back to Spain after next season. Hopefully his current injury allows him back on to the pitch before the end of this season. He has been a revelation playing a little deeper with his ability to squeeze out of tight corners with that majestic two-footedness.
The second coming. Mesut seems to love London and the Club. I’d love to see him finish his career with us, as Dennis did, winning a sack load of honours along the way.
I’d imagine there are many players out there that Arsenal supporters would love to see in our midfield next season. (RC78 can probably name about 25!)
Marco Reus from Dortmund, Paul Pogba at Juventus, Charlie Adam at Stoke, all options which I’m sure leap out as potential signings for the summer.
With a possible three of our current players listed above off to the glue factory in the summer, there will be spaces for replacements. Who would you like us to buy? Feel free to post a comment and let us know who you favour.
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