By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger is already assessing where his team went wrong this season and he does not believe Arsenal's problems stem from midfield.
The Frenchman adopted a 4-3-3 formation at the start of the campaign and Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Abou Diaby and Denilson have made the majority of starts in those three midfield berths.
That quartet have contributed 33 goals between them while Song has developed into an outstanding defensive midfielder, but some believe Wenger should strengthen his midfield options this summer.
As ever the manager is being urged to unearth the 'new Patrick Vieira'. However, Wenger thinks that might be an impossible task.
"First of all I must say that no matter how much money you spend to find a Patrick Vieira [it is hard to do]," he said. "Since I am in England, I hear 'this is the new Patrick Vieira' when a guy is tall and strong.
"But I believe strongly that our midfield are developing very well with Song, Diaby and Denilson because they are young, very young, but different to Patrick Vieira.
“I believe in them because if you compare them two years ago and this year they are tremendously improved and if they continue to play together, especially with Fabregas, they have a good understanding.
"I believe the midfield was not a problem this year because we created so many chances from midfield and we dominated nearly all the games in midfield. I don’t think we had a big problem in there. I believe we had a problem of efficiency defensively."Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 1 May 2010