by Lewis Ambrose
Paris Saint-Germain will let midfielder Thiago Motta go this summer, and he could solve Arsenal’s woes.
Arsène Wenger currently has Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini as his defensive midfield options and has been linked with a number of alternatives ahead of the new season. Coquelin is yet to convince everyone, Arteta has not played a competitive game since November, and Flamini is well known for, well, for not being very good.
Even if you do believe Coquelin is the answer it leaves Arsenal with very little depth as soon as Arteta is out injured once again.
According to Metro the Arsenal boss could make a move for Thiago Motta, who is keen to leave the French champions this summer. The 32 year-old played in 27 Ligue 1 games last season but only has one year left on his deal at PSG.
“We know the player’s position and that of the club,” PSG manager Laurent Blanc told L’Equipe, possibly opening the door for a move.
“They have been spoken about very clearly already.
“Just now these positions are incompatible, so Motta will not play in the next few games. He’s not in the best possible frame of mind.”
With just one year left on his contract PSG may be left with no choice and Motta, as an experienced and technically proven player, could be a good option for Arsenal, especially if Mathieu Flamini leaves.
Saturday’s win in the Barclays Asia Trophy saw Arsène Wenger pair Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey at the base of the midfield but it is hard to imagine he will head into the season with such a selection, looking for a more dominant and naturally defensive player to play in midfield.