Since Patrick Viera left for Juventus in 2005, Arsenal fans have always wished for someone of his stature to protect our back four. Over the years, Arsenal has been linked with countless defensive midfielders. It was almost as if every single decent defensive midfielder was linked with a move to Arsenal.
That is how pressing the issue was as Arsenal were repeatedly exposed to quick counter attacking opposition. The fact that Arsenal were a team that is usually on the offense just made us more vulnerable to the counter attack.
Someone who was willing to do the ‘dirty work’ was sorely needed. Who suits Arsenal the best? Let us evaluate this from our recent linkages to players from other clubs.
In my point of view, Lars Bender would be the best option overall for Arsenal in teams of price, wages and ability. Playing in the German Bundesliga, he has faced the talented offensive midfielders of Dortmund and Bayern. Thus, he would not lack the experience of facing top teams.
Khedira on the other hand is also one player I would love to see on the Arsenal team. With his international and club experience, he would be a dream to have. However, he is expecting Ozil’s wages and to me, that is too much and I would rather not have him.
What do you guys think? Which defensive midfielder you want most donning the Arsenal jersey?