Arsene Wenger has confirmed that there will be no more acquisitions in midfield following the arrival of Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach earlier in the summer. The French manager believes he has a solid midfield to start the season owing to the presence of Mohamed Elneny, Francis Coquelin, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.
Apart from the quintet, the Gunners also have Aaron Ramsey and Mesut Ozil, both of whom will miss the start of the Premier League season after being handed extended breaks to recover from their commitments with the national team at the recently concluded European Championships.
Xhaka is expected to occupy one of the deep lying midfielder's roles and it could be Coquelin's place in the starting XI that is in jeopardy with Cazorla or Wilshere likely to partner the Switzerland international at the heart of the midfield. Ramsey will also compete for a position, but the Welshman could be deployed on the right-wing alongside Ozil and Alexis Sanchez.
"[Xhaka brings] his passing ability to play through the lines from deep positions, his work rate, and he's good in the air," Wenger told Arsenal's official site.
"He's a young boy as well, 23 years old. There's a lot to come from him. We lost three midfielders: Flamini, Rosicky and Arteta, and numbers-wise we are quite solid in midfield now."
"Elneny had a big impact when he came here, Coquelin was injured for a long time and is back. Cazorla will come back, Wilshere is back... so we are solid in midfield," the French coach added.
The 23-year-old midfielder was impressive for Switzerland at Euro 2016. Germany's pass master Toni Kroos was the only player who bettered Xhaka's passing record during the group stages of this summer's tournament.