Arsene Wenger hints at no signings in midfield, “I believe the midfield was not a problem this year”
Written by Jeffrey on May 3, 2010 4:00
The Arsenal summer transfer plan jigsaw puzzle is slowly taking shape after yesterday’s pre-Blackburn interview by Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman, who confirmed the Gunners will add one player to the squad before the World Cup Finals, now revealed that he will probably not bring any new players for the midfield department, as the young players he has have been developing well.
Wenger, who also admitted contract negotiations with William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre are yet to be concluded, explained that Abou Diaby, Denilson and Alex Song have improved during the last two years and were the reason why Arsenal dominated almost all games in the midfield department.
Wenger concluded by again saying that the reason why the Gunners failed to achieve their objectives were due to problems in the defensive department, area which the Frenchman will probably try to reinforce ahead of next season if the two French veterans decide not to extend their contracts.
First of all I must say that no matter how much money you spend to find a Patrick Vieira [it is hard to do]. Since I am in England, I hear ‘this is the new Patrick Vieira’ when a guy is tall and strong.
But I believe strongly that our midfield are developing very well with Song, Diaby and Denilson because they are young, very young, but different to Patrick Vieira.
I believe in them because if you compare them two years ago and this year they are tremendously improved and if they continue to play together, especially with Fabregas, they have a good understanding.
I believe the midfield was not a problem this year because we created so many chances from midfield and we dominated nearly all the games in midfield. I don’t think we had a big problem in there. I believe we had a problem of efficiency defensively.