News reports that Appiah could join are definitely not going to happen, it's looks more likely that West Ham would be his club this season. Arsene would have snapped up the Ghanian already if he wanted him... althought (just to keep some suspense in there), he did say this in July:
“No deal has been done yet but 50 per cent of me is coming to Arsenal. Clubs like AS Roma, Juventus and Marseille all want me. But I don’t want to go to Italy again. I prefer Arsenal — they are my No 1 choice.”
So, it’s West Ham for Appiah…
Okay, now to the main part of today’s blog… a look at our central midfield this season…
As you can see from the graphic above, we’ve got a little pyramid showing our central midfield. Can you guess who everyone is…? Of course you can… And before I start, yes, I know Rosicky and Nasri can play in the middle, but we’re better off keeping them on the wings for now.
At the top we have Cesc Fabregas of course – our “creative hub”, our “lynch pin”, our quite young, but very important player no doubt. Cesc had his best season for us last season and it’s been a pleasure to see him develop under Arsene. With the departures of other players in recent times, he’s now the heartbeat of our expansive play.
Denilson is currently experiencing his longest run in the team for a while. Primarily due to lack of fitness of Diaby and also Cesc himself was out earlier this season. He’s played well overall. He’s had his best game against Newcastle no doubt, but also had quite a bad game against Fulham. The main issue with “kids” is their consistency. Denilson has a high work rate and appetite for the game and if he can stay fit and stay consistent, then he’s definitely an option in the middle. I expect to see him deployed alongside Cesc for the next few home games.
A friend of mine thought he’d taken over Man City, let’s not go into detail lol, but Abou Diaby is definitely our player. He’s been with us for quite some time now, but has pretty much been on the sidelines through injury since he’s arrived. I was watching Arsenal TV the other day and watching the Fulham game of 2006, I think we won 4-0. He was deployed in midfield that day and controlled large parts of the game. Albeit, Henry and Freddie seemed in decent form too. Originally Arsene had earmarked Cesc and Diaby as our midfield future and if he can get fit and stay fit, Arsene will have a chance to see them both in action. The main issue is can he get and stay fit?
Alex Song joined us from Bastia three seasons ago. Initially his performances weren’t that great and a lot of Arsenal fans had questioned this purchase. But after a very impressive loan spell with Charlton the season before last, and an impressive African Nations, a cameo at the end of last season and another impressive round of games at the Olympics, he’s back with us. Although Arsene Wenger has said he wants to have Alex Song deployed in defence, our recent lack of midfield strengthening has seen Alex deployed in a defensive midfield position, and in all honesty, he looks very comfortable there – could be a crucial season for the Cameroonian.
17-year old Aaron Ramsey was signed this summer from Cardiff. After some impressive performances for the Welsch club last season, he’s also had a impressive pre-season. He played his first game of the season against FC Twente, away at their ground and we can all see that there is talent. The only issue is that Aaron is very young and very raw. Although composed on the ball, can he make an impact in the over physical Premier League? Only time will tell…
Another gamble by Arsene, but a player that he knows well from Alsace as well as the French under 19′s. Arsene has been watching Bischoff for a while and couldn’t resist snapping up the midfielder on a free this summer. Known to be an attacking midfielder, he’s got a high work rate and when fit could be a good addition to the squad. But it is a gamble for a player who’s not been fit for over a year. Another “only time will tell” on this one, but he is highly rated amongst those in the know…
Recently deployed as a defensive central midfield alongside Denilson and it’s obviously not his choice, but Eboue has had a decent season and could be a decent back up when all of the above are injured (which has happened this early season). I’d prefer him to stay wide right, but when in need he could slot in. Despite a decent start to the season, after last season’s awful displays, the jury’s still out…
Last, but not least, the irrepressible talent that is Jack Wilshere. He’s only 16, so younger than Ramsey, but his cameo’s against some top teams in the Emirates cup have made a lot of people sit up and notice this lad. He was deployed on the left wing and that’s where we could see him in the Carling Cup this season. However, is his long term role in central midfield? He’s played in the Cesc position in the u18s and reserves… Only time will tell…
Theo has spoken about Jack recently:
“He’s a really nice lad. For a little lad he’s very strong, he’s got a good left foot and his link-up play and reading of the game is fantastic. He makes it look so easy when he plays and every time he gets the ball and does something he brings a smile to your face. I’m sure he’ll get a chance or two this season, he’s still young so he’ll want to play, but he will need rest as well. It’s nice to have another English face in the changing room though, especially after Justin [Hoyte] left. I was sad to see Justin go, but with Jack and Aaron Ramsey here too, there are a few Brits in the squad.”
So, that’s our central midfield, and if all goes wrong, we’ve got Rosicky, Nasri and Djourou who could all slot in… who said we need more midfielders?!?!!
Exciting times ahead…]]>