We don't need a holding midfielder. Alex Song is doing well there, especially with the way Arsene Wenger has used the position and the box-to-box role this season, where the two positions modulate fluidly.
Moreover, Francis Coquelin is already available, a dexterous player. Following closely behind is Emmanuel Frimpong, who by the time the next season begins would have returned from injury.
Therefore, it wouldn't make financial sense to sign a holding player. We have them and we don't need more.
Jack Wilshere (if he heals completely) will be available for the box-to-box role in the coming season. He will share the role with the excellent Mikel Arteta. Rotation should minimize the danger of injury to either player.
Plus, Abou Diaby should be available at the beginning of next season. Diaby can play at any position in the midfield: Holding, box-to-box, creative attacking.
If he comes back and he follows Robin van Persie in remaining fit for the entire season, Arsenal's midfield would be one of the best in Europe.
So prospect wise, Arsenal do not really need a midfielder. You can see why Wenger is often reluctant to buy, because a survey can reveal quickly the good option already in hand.
That being said, it'd make a great deal of sense for Arsenal to sign an additional creative midfielder.
My first choice would be Eden Hazard, who, despite rumors that he'd prefer Tottenham, is still available for the highest bidder.
The only blight on Hazard is that he still has been unable to recreate his Lille form for Belgium, but in terms of ability to influence and control play, he is your candidate if his form at Lille is anything to go by.
Arsene Wenger recently said this of him:
I like Eden Hazard a lot, and for many reasons.
His creative ability, his talent for unbalancing opponents, his vision of the game, and his consummate skill in making the final pass all make him an in-demand player.
Hazard has what it takes to play for a top-level club, and Arsenal are a top-level club.
Fandom across Europe is abuzz with the prospect of Mario Götze becoming one of their own. On B/R, go to the Manchester United page and you'd think Götze is already a Devil.
Chelsea are sold on Luka Modrić, but make no mistake, mention Götze and it'd be like you've given every blue an electric jolt.
Manchester City, of course, have this policy that says "'if it sparkles outside, it's ripe for a City harvest."
For Liverpool, if you can show a video clip, they're all for it. So "you betcha" they've lined up some cool cash for Götze.
Don't start a fight by suggesting Mario Götze isn't already their player even though Dortmund are adamant they won't sell.
No writer is complete without writing a transfer rumor linking Götze with Arsenal. It has been the salt lacking in my bona fides, hence the reason I'm writing one now.
Now you know.
Gooner's would love to see Götze turn red. Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images.
Personally, I wouldn't mind Shinji Kagawa, but the last time I mentioned this, someone told me Kagawa is a poor man's Götze, notwithstanding the fact that before there was a Götze at Dortmund, there was first a Kagawa, who isn't a bad player at all.
Watch Dortmund and you'd see that 95 percent of their attacks are channeled through Kagawa. That's a good indicator of how good he is. Plus, he'd be cheaper than Götze.
Make no mistake, I like Götze and I'd like to see him in the Arsenal colors.
But the money to get him?
I don't think it's worth it for the precise reason that Arsenal could sign two top-class players at the amount they'd use to sign Götze.
But again, who wouldn't want Götze?
He is the one player that'll make the song "In Wenger We Trust" re-echo at the Emirates. So...
But here's a player I like that Arsenal could start a North London riot by signing: Giovani dos Santos.
This is the one Harry Redknapp seems to keep simply for the pleasure of tormenting. So why not rescue him by making him red?
He is a fine player, whose exclusion from Spurs' XI cannot cease to baffle me.