How do you solve a problem like defensive midfield?

By Avenell Dave

Whether or not there was any truth in the stories linking Arsenal with Felipe Melo, the fact is, he was a ball-winner and unless we sign someone in that position before the end of the transfer window, the speculation will continue.

Last summer, Arsene Wenger amde a huge mistake letting Gilberto Silva leave.

Yes, he was not quite the player he had been at his peak and he had had some injuries the season before, but even so, he was better than what we had, given that Mathieu Flamini had left.

Apart from Melo, we've been linked with St Etienne's Blaise Matuidi; Gokhan Inler, who apparently snubbed us last summer; and Xabi Alonso.

Most of us who watched Arsenal in the flesh last season know taht Alex Song and Denilson don't always do everything you would expect in a midfield destroyer.

Having signed Gilberto, Flamini, Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Petit in his time at Arsenal, Arsene Wenger knows full well how important some defensive cover is to protect the back line - and we have fallen short in that department recently.

So what would you do? Take our servey below and let us know what you think.