Arsene Wenger denies that Arsenal need new holding midfielder

Arsene Wenger has seemingly ruled out the possibility of Arsenal buying a new holding midfielder before the end of the transfer window by suggesting that he is happy with his current options, the Daily Express report.

The man that appears to have become Wenger’s first choice in that role is Francis Coquelin, and he has formed a good partnership alongside Santi Cazorla, who seems to thrive on making his marauding runs from deep.

But after the Frenchman, Wenger has just the injury-prone Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini – who has been told that he can leave the club this summer (via Daily Mirror) – to call upon which has led many to believe that investment is needed in that area of the pitch.

However, Wenger appeared to quash suggestions that they need to strengthen when asked about the situation.

“Everybody has their opinion and everybody is entitled to have an opinion,” he said.

“I could prove to you that it’s not necessarily right.

“I think I have enough experience and intelligence to know when it’s right and when it’s wrong,” Wenger insisted.

Gunners fans may well be disappointed about Wenger’s assessment despite having just watched the side keep their first clean sheet of the season against Liverpool. Philippe Coutinho was able to break through the midfield on several occasions, during the first-half especially, and create a series of golden chances.

While Coquelin did a great job last season, he has looked slightly off the pace so far this year in a way that has led for calls for reinforcements. Asier Illarramendi (via Express), Lars Bender (via Daily Express), and even Sergio Busquets (via Metro) have all been linked this summer, but clearly, none of the trio have done enough to convince Wenger that they would improve what he already has available.

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