While Arsenal have come to life as of late and look to lock up yet another year of Champions League football, there are still some tactical holes that need to be plugged.
A big concern for the Gunners has been the lack of creativity in the midfield. Jack Wilshere’s lengthy absence and Aaron Ramsey’s developmental plateau have put a damper on Arsene Wenger’s initial plans in midfield, and while I think both still have plenty to offer, Arsenal will need someone to step up massively in this department come next year.
Wilshere’s first team spot in my mind is not in danger, but Ramsey’s is. Wilshere will be deployed as more of a box-to-box midfielder for years to come, so finding a playmaker to sit further up the pitch would get the best out of Wenger’s midfield.
Alex Song has emerged as a surprisingly capable midfielder when going up the park, but his true strengths lie in his grittiness and distribution. I would prefer to see him sitting a little more and linking up with more creative, attack-oriented players.
Also, Mikel Arteta has been sensational since moving over from Everton but he is not getting any younger. While his contributions certainly are appreciated and influential, I feel bringing in a creative player for the future is essential in the summer.
Let’s look at five creative playmakers that are linked to the Emirates.