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Have Arsenal ever really replaced Patrick Vieira?

There has been a lot of talk lately about what players Arsenal need to push on a challenge for major honours, what they need is Patrick Vieira.

Since he left the club for Juventus in 2005 Arsene Wenger has never been able to replace him with a similar type of player; a powerful central midfield player.

Instead he has opted for much smaller players that you could say are much more technical but much more likely to be over powered physically. Winning these battles has been a big problem for Arsenal since their talismanic captain left for the Serie A and signing a similar type player will help the team immeasurably.

I doubt they will be able to find a player at the level of Vieira in his prime but even if they are half as good as him they'll still be an excellent player.

When Vieira played in the middle of the park at Highbury Arsenal were a team that were feared and you knew you wouldn't mess with because of the physical presence throughout the team with the likes of Campbell, Henry and Gilberto.

Too many times we have seen an Arsenal team, with brilliant players like Cesc Fabregas and Santi Cazorla, be bullied out of a game usually at the hands of a Didier Drogba led Chelsea team.

Replacing Patrick Vieira was never going to be easy players of his quality never are, it was the same with Henry when he left for Barcelona in 2007. Abou Diaby was talked up as being the man, but injuries have wrecked his prospects.

The club has been linked today with midfielders Geoffrey Kogdogbia and Paul Pogba signing either of these would go someway to bringing back the Arsenal of old, as would Marouane Fellaini.

It wouldn’t any way compromise the style of football Arsene Wenger likes to play, filling these positions will free up the likes of Cazorla, Wilshere and Rosicky to play their natural games.

Arsenal have never really replaced their Invincibles captain, and it could be the root of many of their problems. Something to consider for the next couple of weeks as the transfer window draws to a close.

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