There can’t be many wards more crowded than Arsenal’s treatment room, at the moment, and what seemed to be a plague threatening to wipe out our defence has seeped into the midfield, leaving Wenger with much desperation towards finding a quick fix in the coming winter window.
According to Daily Star, Wenger will be looking long-tracked Sporting Lisbon midfielder, William Carvlho, for solutions to the midfield crisis in the team, with as many as three first team players not due to return till later in 2015.
Mesut Ozil has been out of action since October, nursing a knee injury, while Mikel Arteta’s legs have repeatedly failed him this season. Jack Wilshere won’t make any quick comeback before the first week of March, and what initially felt like a position where we had been well stocked at the beginning of the season is gradually having craters of meteoric proportions bored into it on a weekly basis.
Carvalho has been on the Gunners radar for a while now, but the Portuguese giants are refusing to bulge on the stipulated £37m buy-out clause in the 22-year old’s contract, insisting that nothing less than a match to the last pence would suffice to allow them let him go. The player is believed to be eager for a move forward, though, and could force the club’s hands if Arsenal did make the move this coming winter. Carvalho has often expressed his desire to play in the Premier League, and has strong affections for Arsenal too.
Besides the injury woes, Arsenal has been in need of a true defensive midfield machine for a while now and the present catastrophe could be the incentive to finally amend that patched aspect of the team.
Arsenal’s need for a defensive midfielder is one of the worst kept secrets in world football and injury to club captain Mikel Arteta has only made the matter a bit more dire. Flamini has shown flashes of inconsistency, having been found guilty of losing the ball on two separate occasions – against City and Tottenham – from which the opponents broke and scored.
It therefore calls to mind the need Wenger has of a strong, reliable holding midfield player who is comfortable on the ball and will be able to lift pressure of his teammates rather than create the pressure. In Carvalho, Wenger will get the most reliable defensive midfielder planet earth currently can afford, and at 22, he is just learning his trade.
A player widely acclaimed for his passing range, he also possesses that physique and strength which makes him tailor-made for this kind of role.
We believe the money is available to be spent on such a young promising talented player who has gained so much experience over the years, playing every game in Sporting’s campaign so far.
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