He's stronger, quicker, better in the air and a better tackler. Who cares if he doesn't start for France. Cabaye starts for France and I would take Gonalons over him because Cabaye spends so much time tackling as he constantly loses the ball. Capoue would not fit in. Wenger only goes after players with technical ability, hence why both his centre backs are able to pass the ball. Would it make sense bringing in a defensive midfielder who can tackle but can't pass and retain possession. That is why currently we can get away with having Arteta hold. It isn't because he is a good tackler, its because he is an intelligent players and is aware of defensive positioning. If Arteta was to be replaced by someone who was intelligent as him defensively ie Gonalons and was able to retain possession in the same manner while giving us more strength and aerial presence, we would instantly be a far better team. We lack someone who can recover and disrupt counter attacks in our midfield. The free kick Arteta conceded against Wigan is a prime example, as well as the free kicks late in the game against Bayern away. If we had a player who was physically better in that situation, it would never have been an issue. Also in response to only buying players from France. I don't believe that is the only place we can buy them from, but as far as cheap midfielders go. I wouldn't spend £30 million on Isco, when you can get Belhanda for £8 million, and I think that way because that is how Arsenal think.