Date: 16th December 2012 at 3:20pm
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Many still believe Arsenal FC are lacking a proper defensive midfielder in the squad, and I’m one them.

Despite Mikel Arteta playing just in front of the back four, the Spaniard is not a natural holding midfielder. But he is doing a good job. While Jack Wilshere, although he is tenacious and isn’t afraid of getting stuck in, is more effective pushing forward and creating. The same goes for Santi Cazorla, who is very rarely seen in his own half when the opposing team has possession of the ball. He is a creator, nothing more.

We have the likes of Francis Coquelin and youngster Emmanuel Frimpong who are natural performers in the defensive midfield position. But for me, they are not yet ready for the role due to their lack of experience and discipline.

As a result of our apparent problem in the aforementioned position, we have been linked with a number of players to fill it since the summer sale of Alex Song to Barcelona. And the latest name to be added to the list is Toulouse’s Moussa Sissoko.

The 23-year-old has snubbed a new contract at the French club and The Gunners could land him for around £8 million, reports the Sunday Mirror.

The newspaper also suggests Newcastle are interested in the Frenchman, but the midfielder desires Champions League football.

Sissoko is a good player – powerful, skilful and a hard-tackler. But I don’t think he is the right man for the job.

I would like to see Arsene Wenger hold out for the summer and attempt to sign Chelsea’s Micheal Essien, who is currently on a season-long loan at Real Madrid. He would be an immense signing for the club and the ideal man candidate for the role. Him or Daniele De Rossi from Roma would be great, but this is only wishful thinking.

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