Arsenal should target Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa to help solve their problems in attack. Manager Arsene Wenger could be tempted to move for Ben Arfa in January, according to caughtoffside.com.
Wenger is a known admirer of the Newcastle United winger. Ben Arfa is just what the embattled Arsenal boss needs to add some creativity to his current squad.
The Gunners are struggling to create chances and part of the problem is the lack of production from wide areas. The issue arises from Wenger's habit of playing natural central strikers as wide players.
Arsenal's current 4-2-3-1 formation requires true width. The wide players must perform a dual defensive-offensive role.
They must fashion chances for the sole central striker who is the fulcrum of the attack. That service has been lacking this season.
Gervinho, Lukas Podolski and Theo Walcott have all looked more effective as central strikers. Signing Ben Arfa would give Wenger's tactical structure the playmaker from the wings it needs.
The Magpies star possesses excellent acceleration, footwork and technique. He can beat one-on-one marking and provide assists from the wing.
Just as important, Ben Arfa plays with the fluidity to drift into central positions and exert a creative influence. That's the range of movement Wenger loves his wide midfielders to offer.
Freddie Ljungberg and Robert Pires both played in this way and it increases the variety and options in Arsenal's attack.
If there's one criticism of Ben Arfa it is that he's a mercurial talent, but not the most consistent worker.
Many Gunners' fans would argue that Wenger has been guilty of acquiring too many players in this mould recently. However, from a tactical and potential point of view, Ben Arfa is worth a sizeable investment from Arsenal.
If Wenger persists with the current formation, he must make the move for Ben Arfa in January.855606