Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas , the two most valued Arsenal midfielders, have been subject to recent transfer rumors.
For Nasri, a possible move to Manchester United prompted the French midfielder to discuss his status with French sports program Telefoot.
I don't know if I will sign a new contract, the discussions are ongoing. Do I want to go to United? First, we should see if it's real and concrete, he said.
Fabregas, the subject of constant rumors linking him to Barcelona, is now part of a possible £43 million deal, that would include up-and-coming forward Thiago Alcantra to bring the total package value to £50 million.
More than likely, Nasri and Fabregas will stay, and that's a good thing for Arsenal.
One thing's for sure, we're not selling [Nasri] to Manchester United, said Arsenal manger Arsene Wenger, who added that he still wants to sign the French star to a contract extension.
As for Fabregas, Wenger called the Spaniard the world's best midfielder and claims that Barcelona are no longer looking to acquire him.
Wenger is right to want to hold on to both players, especially in the case of Nasri going to rival Manchester United. Though selling Nasri and Fabregas would give the Gunners a great deal of money to repair a squad that fell far short of expectations, the duo is too important to the club's chemistry.
Arsenal have plenty of areas to improve, but a major overhaul is not necessarily needed.
The Gunners desperately need a central defender and a legitimate striker to play alongside Robin van Persie. Aside from those two needs, perhaps an upgrade at goalkeeper and a goal-scorer off the bench should be in the plans.
But the starting midfield is a major strength for the club. Jack Wilshere and Alex Song have proven to be solid contributors with Nasri and Fabregas.
The return of central defender Thomas Vermaelen for an entire season should do wonders for the club, and the impending departures of Nicklas Bendtner, Denilson, Abou Diaby, and Carlos Vela will make the club feel less stagnant.
Certainly, the decision by Wenger to push for a contract extension for Nasri, or else face being sold, is the right decision. And Wenger would be a fool to not listen to high-priced offers for Fabregas.
But the main parts of the midfield are in excellent shape.
It's the other parts that need help.