After Arsenal's second goalless goalless draw against Stoke City, the Gunners are concerned that their off-season additions of striker Lucas Podolski, forward Olivier Giroud and midfielder Santi Cazorla weren't enough to offset the departure of star-striker Robin van Persie.
After the Sunday draw against Stoke, Arsene Wenger spoke about the Gunners offensive struggles against strong defensive foes.
"Offensively we have some work to do as we missed accuracy in the final third. We should have won the game 1-0, but credit to Stoke, they defended really well with experience at the back," said Wenger. "Defensively we had no problem, they had one good chance in the second half, but apart from that we did very well. If they have six basketball players at set pieces, it's very difficult!"
According to The Sun, Arsenal is in a bidding war with Arsenal over French international Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Last season, the 23-year-old center-back captained Montpelier to the French title. Last season, Yanga-Mbiwa averaged 2.3 tackles and 2.8 interceptions per game and was named to the Ligue 1 Team of the Year.
Despite these additions, Arsenal's midfield appears to have become a liability for the Gunners and while Yanga-Mbiwa does have the versatility to play midfield, the Gunners would be wise to put their efforts into pursuing Spanish winger Jesus Navas or Spanish midfielder Isco.
Here are Yanga-Mbiwa's pros and cons.
Yanga-Mbiwa is praised for his ability to dribble and instigate attacking opportunities for attacking midfielders. Yanga-Mbiwa most defined aspect of the centre-back is his keen instinct for creating interceptions and making successful tackles.
Despite, his youth Yanga-Mbiwa is already a captain for the Ligue 1 champion and demonstrates the patience and maturity of one on the pitch.
The defender, however, does not possess an eye for goal, a fact clearly displayed in his statistics. Of 34 matches played in Ligue 1, Yanga-Mbiwa scored only once, assisting none, preferring instead to remain focused on the back-line. Moreover, he is disadvantaged with the inability to consistently and successfully produce attacking moves in the final third, although usually his strength and power in defence more than compensates for this particular weak area of the defender's play. --Goal.com
Ultimately, Arsenal should focus its efforts on acquiring a midfielder with more natural scoring ability.
However, it appears Isco's chronic homesickness may prevent him from ever leaving Sevilla and makes Isco a more logical option for Arsenal.
Isco was a teammate of Cazorla last season when they led Malaga an overachieving 4th place La Liga finish. The 20-year-old attack midfielder can also play up front and is still approaching his prime.
However, Isco has been known to dribble excessively, and hold on to the ball. In addition, finishing has been a weakness throughout his career.
However, despite his penchant for over-dribbling, reuniting Isco and Cazorla could improve Arsenal's attack reunion and improve their title odds.755655