POLL: Who should be Arsenal's first choice defensive midfielder?


The secret defensive midfielder that we were all hoping would be unveiled by Arsene Wenger failed to materialise before the transfer window closed, meaning that the manager will be looking to his existing squad of players to fill the boots vacated by Mathieu Flamini and Gilberto.

The performance of the Flamster last season was fantastic, but I can think of many players who step up their game when they are either looking to extend their contract or are wanting to play themselves into the shop window.

I’ve said it before, so I’ve no worries in repeating myself: if I had been told a year ago that Flamini had been sold I would not have batted an eyelid. But the fact that he established himself in the defensive midfield role – thus keeping Brazilian captain Gilberto on the sidelines – was a great feat by Mathieu and I'm not trying to take that away from him.

However, Flamini's form proves that Le Gaffer was correct to give the Frenchman the challenge, so who is to say Wenger doesn’t have a similar plan to fill the slot this season?

But just who does Le Boss have in mind as his first choice for the position? Personally, I’d like to see Alexandre Song getting a run of games, as we’ve seen that he can play in that hole superbly for Cameroon.

The jury is still out on Denilson. He is young and still learning his trade, but his performances have been erratic, so he’s got a lot to prove to convince much of the Gunners support.

Then there is Emmanuel Eboue, who seems to be Arsenal’s utility man, although many Gooners think – harshly in my opinion – that he is Arsenal’s useless man.

Abou Diaby, when fit, could also do a job there, although he’s more an attacking midfielder than defensively minded, but if we’re looking for players who have experience playing in the defensive mid role, we also have Johan Djourou and Kolo Toure, the latter of whom began his career in the centre of the park.

And we shouldn't forget Amaury Bischoff and Aaron Ramsey, although given the fact that we don't know too much about either player and how they will handle the Premier League, I'd expect the most we'll see of them is as substitutes off the bench, or Carling Cup squad players.

Anyway, it’s international week and we’re all just sitting around waiting to hear which one of our first team squad will be the first to sustain an injury, so just to take your mind off that, vote here now to choose who you’d like to see supporting Cesc Fabregas in the heart of Arsenal’s formation.