When Wenger refused to bring in an outfield player to the squad during the summer transfer window, many had ruled out Arsenal as a club that will pose a serious title challenge this season. But with the Gunners 2nd on the League just by goal difference prior to the last international break and after 12 games, they reminded many of the Arsenal of old. Many felt a defensive midfielder should be top target during the last transfer window, as the club had always over-relied on Francis Coquelin, with the ageing Flamini and Arteta as the only backup options, but Wenger stuck by his guns, and might now pay for it.
The defensive midfield ace joined the ever-growing injury list of the Arsenal team yesterday when he was withdrawn in the early stages of the game against West Brom. No injury update has been given on the player, but rumours around say he could be set to spend around 6 weeks on the sidelines. The coach will have to stick with Flamini until the end of the year, as Arteta, who put up a woeful performance yesterday is also out injured again. But neither of the 2 are the most reliable of options.
Wenger hardly brings in players during the winter, and it doesn’t seem the squad’s injury woes will force the Frenchman to change. Wenger will most likely choose to stick with Flamini or convert a player, most likely a defender to the role. The team dropped to 4th on the League due to the loss against West Brom, and with their injury woes and coach’s defiance to bring in needed additions, it could be the same position they would eventually settle for by May next year.