Who Should Arsenal Play in the Defensive Midfield Against Burnley?

Robin SAnalyst IMarch 4, 2010

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16:  Andre Bikey of Burnley tackles Vassiriki Diaby of Arsenal during the Barclays Premier League match between Burnley and Arsenal at Turf Moor on December 16, 2009 in Burnley, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Arsenal hosts Burnley on Saturday, and it's expected to be an easy outing for the Gunners against a depleted Burnley side.

However, Arsene Wenger has to make an important decision ahead of the Burnley clash.

Alex Song has been one of the best players for Arsenal this season, and he has redefined the holding role in his own style with raw power and composure. However, Song collected his 10th yellow card of the season against Stoke City, which means he'll be suspended for the next two Premier League games.

A holding midfielder is not necessary against a relegation-threatened team like Burnley, but persistent injuries have depleted Arsenal's midfield, and there aren't too many replacements available.

Meanwhile, Abou Diaby is set to return after recovering from a knee injury. He'll replace Ramsey, and the Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will be more than happy to welcome back this lanky midfielder who provides additional strength and firepower to the attack.

Now back to the holding midfield role. It's a no-brainer that Diaby will play alongside Fabregas, but who's going to replace Song?

The first name to come up will be Denilson. He's not having a great campaign by any means. In fact, he struggled for most part of the season. He's a decent player to have in the squad and is more than capable of playing against weaker oppositions, but his dedication has been questioned this season.

He's not contributing much to the cause of the team. He's physically not an imposing player. As a result, opponents find it easier to dispossess him.

Another option would be Craig Eastmond. He has already played in a game or two this season, but doesn't look any better than Denilson. So, Denilson is surely going to get the nod ahead of Eastmond.

One more option would be playing Diaby in the holding role and starting with Tomas Rosicky in the midfield alongside Fabregas. This is the best option as far as I'm concerned. Playing another attack-minded player will only do good against a Burnely side that will be looking forward to defend from the very kickoff.

Honestly speaking, Wenger doesn't have any other option against Burnley. He's forced to play with Denilson to complete the midfield trio.

However, in the end, it's all up to Wenger, and he may give Denilson another chance to show his "class."

Even so, who do you think Wenger should play in the holding role?