The Newcastle midfielder is reportedly in the Gunners’ sights, but would his acquisition end the side’s issues in the centre of the park?
With the January transfer window in full swing, Arsenal have been linked with a move for Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko of late.
The France international has been one of the bright lights of an otherwise inconsistent campaign for the St James’ Park side this season and is said to have attracted the attention of Arsene Wenger.
With the Gunners’ current midfield options full of skilful ball-players but lacking a real physical presence, could Sissoko’s arrival be the missing link in the Arsenal boiler room?
Although the powerful 25-year-old has the stature and presence to be used as an enforcer in front of his team’s defence, he rarely is.
For Newcastle, Sissoko is urged to get forward and is deployed in a more attacking position, whether centrally or on a flank.
The former Toulouse man has excellent technique and an eye for a pass and as such he is arguably the St James’ Park club’s most creative midfielder.
However, with the North Londoners not in need of playmakers, Wenger could well tweak Sissoko’s usual role to see him used in a deeper position.
With pace to burn, a physical approach, stature and power, Sissoko could well be the defensive midfielder that Arsenal need.
This option would take some coaching to perfect the 25-year-old’s positional discipline and help him to get to grips with the demands of the tactical position, but from the outside it looks like Sissoko has all the raw attributes to be a real success as a deep-lying midfield enforcer.