Arsenal do not need big battling midfielders, says Hull defender

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Hull City defender Curtis Davies has had his say on the Arsenal midfield.

Following their 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Saturday, Hull captain Curtis Davies believes the Gunners aren't in need of a box-to-box powerhouse midfielder.

Many Arsenal supporters have felt that this is exactly the sort of players they do in fact need, and during the summer hopes of recruiting one were raised and then dashed as the club saw themselves linked with the likes of William Carvalho and Sami Khedira.

But while Davies admits Arsene Wenger's side lack 'strong, battling players', he adds that because of their possession style of football they don't really need them.

He said: “When you look at Arsenal, I guess they’ve got the footballers, but you can’t really see the strong, battling players.

“But the football they play they don’t really need that, because if you’ve got the possession more often than not, you don’t need to chase the ball and have big, battling midfielders.

“That’s how Arsenal have always done it. They got to this level with Wenger playing this football and why should they change it now?”

Davies' comments seem to suggest having physical midfielder would hinder Arsenal's possession style of play, but that couldn't be further from the truth. The foundations of Arsenal's possession philosophy were built with the likes of Patrick Vieira leading the side, and he was one of the most physical and solid midfielders around during his time.

Since the days of Vieira and Gilberto Silva, Arsenal haven't had someone who is both solid in front of the defence and good going forward, and it has been a weakness in the squad that we've seen exploited over the years.

Sooner rather than later you would expect Wenger to sign a strong defensive midfielder; Sporting's Carvalho has huge potential and Khedira is ready made and will be out of contract next summer.

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