Arsenal Can't Wait for Bielik to Become their Matic
Last Saturday, Arsenal's London Derby verse Crystal Palace further revealed the need for another signing at the defensive center midfield position.
Hogwash rumors of Karim Benzema should be pushed to the wayside, pea-brained enthusiasts need to get a grip, and those loyal to Dial Square should put their faith in the talents of Olivier Giroud.
All attention must be refocused on the need for a new holding midfielder to back up Francis Coquelin.
Mikel Arteta, despite showing a penchant for killing the game in the Community Shield, and offering a few wild clearances to shore things up in the dying minutes against Palace, is no where near good enough at this stage in his career to be the backup for Coquelin in a team that has genuine ambition to challenge for the Barclay's Premier League title.
Arsenal are one injury away from seeing their season go down the toilet, and Arsene Wenger's lack of proactivity to go and get Morgan Schneiderlin was a major mistake. Schneiderlin is proving his worth for Manchester United, as he has easily been one of their most tidy and serviceable players in the infancy of the season, playing a major part in United enjoying 7 points out of an opening 9.
Wenger didn't go after Schneiderlin hard enough this summer, and he still hasn't made significant indications of any strong pursuit for William Carvalho, Under-21 Player of The Tournament this past summer in Portugal, which leads one to wonder just how much the Professor is banking on Krystian Bielik coming good on his potential.
Is Bielik the new Nemanja Matic?
Arsenal fans better pray that he is, because Arsene Wenger has done nothing during the summer transfer window to strengthen the center of the park.
After seeing Santi Cazorla thrive in a deeper lying central role, freed-up by the security that Coquelin provides playing behind him, it confounds the senses to try and justify why a genuine back-up, or upgrade, on Coquelin hasn't been brought in to mimic or expand upon the success that is clearly evident in that combination: Cazorla's masterclass passing wizardry with fang-toothed, no nonsense, overbite ball-winning.
If Wenger wasn't interested in Schneiderlin or didn't think he was worth as much as Southampton wanted, he should have made a play for Alexis Sanchez's Chilean teammate Charles Aranguiz.
Aranguiz, a much more attainable target then Arturo Vidal, and frankly one that could have provided more of the defensive attributes that Arsenal need, would have been a great addition to a side that has so long been criticized for lacking grit and steel. The feisty tackler and good ball-striker would have been a useful weapon in the armory, and it's a shame there was never any real signs of interest in the player, as he would have been another solid addition to a team that is filled with Spanish speaking players.
As it so happens, now that Aranguiz has picked up a long-term injury at his new Club, Bayer Leverkusen, the prospect of signing on-again-off-again target Lars Bender seems even more remote, and the recent rumors of renewed interest shouldn't be given too much fuel.
Trying to determine why Wenger feels comfortable with only Mikel Arteta as a backup to Francis Coquelin is like trying to solve the mystery of Catherine Zeta-Jones marrying Michael Douglas.
The only logical answer seems to be that Wenger sees something special in Bielik, and expects him to dominate the BPL like Nemanja Matic did for Chelsea last season...