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Wenger Set To Ditch Plans For ‘Marquee’ Midfield Signing & Hand Wilshere New Role

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger looks set to end his pursuit of Sami Khedira and Lars Bender and make Jack Wilshere the teams main holding midfielder next season.

The summer transfer window is now open for business and it’s expected to be a busy few weeks as managers strengthen their squads ahead of next season, so we’ll bring you all the latest news and gossip. Today, Gooner Mac brings us news on Arsenal’s hunt for a defensive midfielder.


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger looks set to end his pursuit of Sami Khedira and Lars Bender and hand Jack Wilshere the chance to become the teams main anchorman next season, according to reports.

Wenger has been hotly tipped to bring in a new defensive midfielder this summer to act as a long-term replacement for Mikel Arteta and we’ve been strongly linked with the likes of Real Madrid’s Sami Khedira and Bayer Leverkusen’s Lars Bender in recent weeks.

However, with potential deals for the duo not progressing, it looks as though the boss is ready to throw in the towel and stick with the players already available to him next season, with Wilshere set for a new role in the team.

The Mirror claim that it’s ‘increasingly likely’ that Wenger will ditch plans to bring in a ‘marquee’ midfield signing and will hand Wilshere the chance to become the clubs anchorman alongside Aaron Ramsey.

The newspaper suggests that the Frenchman feels Wilshere has huge potential to excel in a deep-lying role, so unless an ‘remarkable deal’ crops up over the coming weeks, the boss is going to save his money and stick with the midfielders he’s already got.

If true, there are going to be some disappointed Arsenal fans out there as many were excited by the thought of us finally bringing in an established defensive midfielder to offer protection to the back four.

On numerous occasions last season, our midfield was completely cut open on the break, particularly in the big games, and we were susceptible to pace on the counter-attack with the ponderous Mikel Arteta in the holding role.

I personally have my doubts over whether Jack is the answer to these problems as pace is hardly a hallmark of his game and until now, Arsene has always maintained the 22-year-old does his best work around the oppositions penalty area.

I would much rather we see a ‘proper’ defensive midfielder like Bender or Schneiderlin come in this summer as it would be a huge risk to head into the new season relying on Wilshere as our main holding player, as he has no experience in the role and has been plagued by injuries over the past few years.

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However, we’ll have to see how things develop from here. Perhaps Wilshere will shine in his new role and I’d be delighted to be proven wrong, but I fear we’ll regret it if Wenger doesn’t address a glaring issue in our team and bring in an athletic ball-winning midfielder this summer.



  1. Emirates Alan

    July 24, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Wilshire cannot play the DM role. He falls over every time he is tackled and is not strong enough. At the Emirates it was known that Wenger was not going to buy a striker. I seems there are some big disagreements at the Emirates about Wenger’s sudden refusal to buy some more quality players. It will come out sooner than later. I hope Sanchez does not begin to feel duped by Wenger.

  2. ozed

    July 24, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Seems to me Wenger likes to make his own work more difficult each season. We have a near perfect offense line and he suddenly decides against getting another striker, and now he is bent on shooting himself in the foot on the def midfield matter. Diaby is unlikely to be available for long, and wilshere is not strong, fast or defensive enough to do this job.

    Beginning to look like Wenger is a Masochist.

  3. Oluwaseunusman

    July 24, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Wilshere is an attacking midfielder who jumps into attack,he is not a patient player and am not sure he can play in that role,abou diabyand francesco coqelin are both best for that position if diaby would be injury free he is a world class player as khedira and even bosquet

  4. Oluwaseunusman

    July 24, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Wilshere is not the man,we should rather get Alex song back to the emirate he understands English football and knows what wenger wants he is out of favour in Barcelona so why don’t we go get him.

  5. Naz

    July 24, 2014 at 9:54 am

    No quotes, no real source. Sorry this is just to drum up interest. Nothing in it. You people need to calm down and not bite so easily.

  6. kwok kuen lim

    July 24, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Arsene seems to think more like business man than football manager. Madrid, Barcelona and MU are good examples of great football clubs making money by winning trophies with star players. Arsenal may be profitable but not the stature of these clubs. They keep attracting great players while Arsenal have to work hard to attract a few stars. Arsenal need to change the football management model to step up. To be top of the world we need depth of star players and make them into team of stars. Arsene think again and don’t be stuck with second best option.

  7. Steve.

    July 24, 2014 at 10:49 am

    If i was manager of ArsenalF.C.i would get rid of Wilshere,alltogether,

  8. GILBO

    July 24, 2014 at 10:56 am

    I think you have been on the booze, Wilshere will be lucky to get a game this season, he spends half the match on his backside holding his leg.

  9. Steve

    July 24, 2014 at 10:59 am

    We dont need jack to b the dm holding mid b ok tv5 as the dm he to gd to let go buy a cb gk then we still have a chance with alixis giroud and joel up front send sanogo out on loan to bring him up to speed where else can u play jack he falls over so am is out to fragile to b a dm that leaves holding mid

  10. anonymous

    July 24, 2014 at 11:56 am

    why are this arsenal fan always like this why don’t u give be patient with ur own players and give them a second chance,u where the ones asking wenger to through Ramsy away some years back and the man stick with him now look what Ramsy has turned out to be if u don’t believe in arsene and ur players then go join another team… i support wenger on that i have always been hitting on it to give jack that second chance in dm instead of bringing in another guy before this topic came up,i hope is true and going to happen and not just for a write up sake

  11. olu

    July 24, 2014 at 11:59 am

    wilshire cannot be arsenals 1st choice dm.if wenger wnt to convert him,he has to gradually flow into dat role,not at d begining of dis crutial season.if arsenal shld start dis season short of an additnal world class striker,a tough tackler-dm,and a good central defender;there may be problems.arsenal can win two or three trophies dis season if wenger can get things rite.i wnt to blv he wil buy,he just wnts good bargain.jackson martinez wil be a good buy to challenge giroud as alexis is dangerous on d is well.

  12. ampitan israel

    July 24, 2014 at 12:12 pm

    My comment goes straight to the arsenal board and and arsene wenger to stop given their selves a problem and a heart ache.they need to buy defensive midfielder once and for all.wenger don’t you look yourself in the mirror when you get frustrated?i do pity you alot, but you are the one given yourself a problem.and stop fooling the fans

  13. nikkogunners

    July 24, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    People only remember Barca 2011, but Wilshere also shone against Brazil alongside Gerrard. And now that Gerrard is retired, maybe it is his chance to stamp his authority…

  14. daniel joseph nwafor

    July 24, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Na u n wheel-shair go place there.

  15. poa sana

    July 25, 2014 at 10:30 am

    The wag is at it again but i cant say this is 100% correct ,its mere speculation.Rather than letting carzola go please get rid of wilshere he is not good enough.

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