The Times claimed yesterday that Arsenal were interested in signing Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
The immediate question that comes to mind is why on earth the Gunners appear to be going after another central midfielder, when that position is one of the strongest in Arsene Wenger’s squad.
Wenger isn’t short on middle men but the Times’ report suggests Sissoko offers the Arsenal midfield something they don’t already have.
“The Arsenal manager had already earmarked a powerful player in that position to strengthen his side and Wilshere’s injury has increased his desire,” reports the Times.
“His strength would add a much needed dimension to Wenger’s side.”
There are more pressing areas of the Arsenal squad which need to be addressed such as the need for a top quality centre back to come in and provide squad cover over the rest of the Premier League season.
It’s also debatable whether Sissoko is the type of midfielder Arsenal should be targeting.
He is a strong man and creates that presence in midfield, but it’s arguable that Arsenal need a more defensively minded player to come in and protect their back four.
With everyone fit, all other angles are covered but what Arsenal don’t have is a world class holding player in the middle of their team and someone who can take the pressure off of the other central midfield options.
Arsenal are also battling against Newcastle’s possible stubbornness over a deal considering Sissoko is one of their most important players.
The Magpies haven’t made a great start to the Premier League season and they need to keep their best players over the rest of the campaign rather than making themselves weaker.