Alex Song has cemented his place in the Arsenal team as our defensive midfield rock but unfortunately for us he is away doing his duty for Cameroon in the African Cup of Nations.
Whilst he is in Africa Denilson was expected to replace him in the side. At the moment the little Brazilian is injured and will miss the game against Bolton tomorrow.
To be honest, who knows how long Denilson will be out for? When sustaining the injury against Everton it looked like he had been shot by a sniper. Hopefully he will be fit again soon. When the bullet is removed.
With Song and Denilson unavailable for selection it leaves Arsenal shorter than Arshavin in terms of options in the defensive midfield role.
Most people I know seem to believe that Diaby will play there. I don't think that would be a good idea.
In my opinion Diaby doesn't have the discipline or the concentration to fill Song or Denilson's boots. The man is a class player but his natural game is to attack and he tends to roam from his position. A DM cannot afford to do that.
Of the options available to Arsene Wenger I'd be tempted to play Cesc Fabregas there until the likes of Denilson and Song are back.
I know our captain has been in fantastic scoring form and has actually scored more than Wayne Rooney in an over 65's brothel lately but he has the intelligence to play there.
Fabregas' hero is Pep Guardiola. The Barcelona manager was a defensive midfielder and I believe that Cesc would revel in that role.
We've seen how good the skipper is further up the field but he could easily slot in as Arsenal's 'quarter-back'. Cesc is one of the best in the world at passing, keeping possession, is a fiesty little bastard and has the tactical nous to do the job properly.
It would only be for a few games and in my opinion he would be the best player to use there at the moment.
How about you?
Keep it Goonerish................