Cesc blow not the end of Arsenal's season

The news that Cesc Fabregas will miss the majority of the rest of the season is not as bad a blow as some are suggesting, despite our troubled form this campaign.

Us Addicts have speculated before how Denilson and Abou Diaby could genuinely fit into the Arsenal side when everyone is fit – apart from as defensive back-up for Cesc.

Denilson - time to step upThe sad truth is that neither of them has been able to fulfil that role with aplomb.

But with Cesc now sidelined, there is a vacancy in central midfield which could well help them grow immeasurably and provide us with the creativity and drive that has been missing from their performances.

Cesc is a lynchpin of our side and I am not for one moment saying that his absence will not hurt us.

Being made captain seems to have improved his form somewhat as well but there is still a feeling that he is frustrated by the performances of those around him and has one eye on a return to Spain.

Time will tell on that one.

But for the meantime, signing another central midfielder whose talents are more creative than defensive is not the answer.

Alex Song impressed me during the Liverpool game but may still need some guidance and Arsène Wenger admitted last week that Diaby needs to develop his defensive game if he is ever to fulfil that role permanently at the club.

I feel sorry for Diaby when he is forced to play wide left. He is not a fast player and it undermines his impact, but his quick feet and dribbling skills confirm his creativity.

Wenger hinted today at his pre-Aston Villa press conference that he is more likely to buy in January than not.

Many of us think the season will be defined not by results but by transfer dealings in January.

But buying a replacement for Cesc, especially the unwanted Andrei Arshavin who is being touted everywhere and never signs for anyone – and had a good Euro 2008 after a largely anonymous early career – is not the answer.

Yes, we need experience. Yes we need creativity.

But a replacement for Tomas Rosicky, just in case his continuing injury problems continue, is the most important signing the club can make in January.

Throw in a replacement for Willie Gallas and a new defensive midfielder capable of pulling the side together, and after the slip-ups by the rest of the top four sides this season, the next five months might not be so bad after all.