One player who has not failed to make his love and affection to Arsenal known to the public is Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko. The 25-year old French international is one of the most versatile players in his club, and could well be our next defensive midfielder come the end of the winter transfer window should all go according to plan.
The winter window doesn’t provide as many opportunities as the summer where players switch clubs with ease. Wenger does not have the luxury of time as time is fast running out, and signing a DM is one of the priorities of the manager if we are to secure our place in the top four.
Sissoko may not be a combative midfielder, but his versatility in his current club has made him one of the players we need to take a look at. His love for Arsenal is known to all, and was quoted in a recent interview granted to Telefoot at the weekend where he issued what looked like a ‘come and get me plea.’ Sissoko said:
“England remains my priority. If (Arsenal boss) Arsene Wenger calls me? We will have a discussion man to man. Arsenal has always been the club of my heart.”
At 6ft 2in, the French international has the physical ability to marshal Arsenal’s midfield and boss attackers of opposing teams. Signing him could take us back to the Vieira days where the Arsenal midfield scared opposing teams, and gave us the edge in terms of controlling how things went.
He would certainly be an upgrade on what we have at the moment; but of course, signing him would mean the end for Diaby whose contract is nearing its end. He does look like the typical Wenger signing, and he is unlikely to command similar transfer fee as William Carvalho and Morgan Schneiderlin; two players whose transfer value could be in excess of £20million.
My take on this is that the manager may make do with what we have at the moment, and go all out to sign Southampton’s Morgan Schneiderlin in the summer.