Towards the end of the January transfer window, Arsenal were heavily linked with a new striker before the north London side confirmed the signing of Nacho Monreal from Malaga on deadline day. The left-back signed following reports that Kieran Gibbs would be out for up to six weeks with injury, while trusting Andre Santos in the role is about a daring as leaping over Springfield Gorge on a skateboard.
However, there is one key area that manager Arsene Wenger failed to address – the midfield. Since an injury to Mikel Arteta, the Gunners have been the bit less sturdy in the middle of the park, with Francis Coquelin nothing more than a bit part player and Abou Diaby consistently one week away from fitness.
Wenger may’ve attempted to bring in Toulouse man Etienne Capoue before the transfer window slammed shut, but ultimately failed in convincing the Ligue 1 side to sell their prized asset without a replacement secured.
The 24-year-old would effectively shield the defence that has appeared cumbersome and lackadaisical in recent months. It’s no surprise, in that case, that reports suggest Arsenal are to move again for Capoue once the summer transfer window opens.
Standing at 6ft 2in, it’s hard to miss the Frenchman in the middle of the park, while his ability to instigate counter attacks utilising his vast range of passing will only bolster his credentials and, with the likes of Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain patrolling the wings, Capoue can utilise the speed of the duo to stunning effect.