Imagine how good Arsenal's season would have been if they had a fully fit midfield? The problem is Arsenal always bemoan their injuries around February after an explosive start and clearly never learn from it as suggested by summers of inactivity.
Therefore, the pursuit of Javi Martinez will come as great news to Arsenal fans. Given his stature, he would be far more likely to withstand heavy challenges and he will give them some bite in the middle. Arsenal have long been accused of being lightweight in the middle and although Flamini has gone someway to addressing this problem, away from home in the big matches, Arsenal's backline has been exposed on several occasions. Their aren't many defensive midfielders better than Martinez in world football today and with his added versatility of playing as a center back, they could be getting two players for the price of one - a rather expensive albeit. However, Man City are also interested (which holds merit considering they publicly chased Porto's Fernando during the winter transfer window).
Finally, Arsenal have been linked with one of Europe's best dribblers Juan Cuadrado of Fiorentina. According to WhoScored, he has completed 114 dribbles in 30 games, giving him an average of 3.8 per game. The 25 year old winger is comfortable on either winger has scored 10 goals and can also play as a full back too. The is obviously an attempt to address the lack of pace and penetration Arsenal have whenever Theo Walcott is missing. The problem with this deal is that Barcelona have already struck a deal with the player, though they are playing hardball with Fiorentina over the transfer fee. Furthermore, Juventus are interested.