No manager wants to see his players injured before the start of the campaign or in its first couple of weeks.
But, as injuries go, we feel that this one could be a blessing in disguise for Arsenal.
Because manager Arsene Wenger seems ignorant to the fact that the club needs to buy a midfield general- someone who can destroy and conquer – a player who can balance Arsenal’s flair with some earthy grit.
And the fact that Mikel Arteta has been injured has left The Telegraph to suggest that Arsenal will now look to add a holding midfielder:
Arsenal transfers news: Arsene Wenger says he wants a new midfielder after Mikel Arteta’s injury
Asked on Thursday morning if he could sign a new midfielder before the end of August, Wenger replied: “We are not against that, no.
We have talked endlessly about the first choice being Sami Khedira but Arsenal seem to have dragged their heals on this one – perhaps due to cash. But he does appear available after Carlo Ancelotti revealed that the player has rejected a new contract.
But perhaps Alex Song is a more obvious and realistic target for the club now.
Having represented Arsenal with merit for a few years he moved to Barcelona in 2012 but hasn’t really settled. At 26 he’s the perfect age to make the move back to Arsenal and he wouldn’t cost too much money either – so it’s a really feasible option for the club.
Let’s see him in action. Arsenal fans: would this plug the hole in the defensive midfield area?