Former England midfielder Danny Murphy told talkSPORT why he feels Arsene Wenger hasn’t added another holding midfielder to his squad this summer.
It looks likely that Francis Coquelin will be the man protecting Arsenal’s defence until at least the winter, with Morgan Schneiderlin having joined Manchester United and Arturo Vidal having moved to Bayern Munich.
However, Murphy has suggested that Wenger’s reluctance to add a player in that position could be because of the impact Jack Wilshere has had in a controlling position for England.
“Maybe Jack Wilshere’s emergence in that role for England makes him think he doesn’t need to go and get someone else because Jack can fill in, in that role,” he told talkSPORT.
Is Wilshere disciplined enough to play a defensive midfield role?
Wilshere is a very talented player in terms of his technique and he understand the philosophy need to play under Arsene Wenger.
However, he does have a tendency to try and get forward and the real test for him would be showing the discipline to play a strictly defensive role.
Arsenal’s defence really struggled at times last season in situations where the back four was left exposed and vulnerable to the counter attack and Wilshere would need to resist any urge to get forward and support the attack.
Aggression and getting stuck in isn’t a problem for Wilshere though Wenger will be hoping that he can avoid picking up an injury over the early weeks of the season, if he plays in front of the back four.
Coquelin did a decent job in the holding role for Arsenal last season and if no new midfielder arrives, the side is going to be under real pressure to produce solid defensive performances at the key stages of the season.