Should Arsenal sign Yann M’Vila by KJ
As we approach the January transfer window, the transfer rumours are naturally hotting up. One man’s name that doesn’t seem to go away is that of Yann M’Vila. We’ve been linked with him for the last two seasons now and it’s started again in the build-up to the January window.
Yann M’Vila was one of the most promising youngsters in Europe. Players like him are rare in the current market; a defensive midfielder with grit and power as well as being able to pick out a forward pass. He had it all to make it big. He was even in the Ligue 1 team of the year during the 2010-2011 season at the tender age of 20 for his performances.
Unfortunately, his career has spiralled out of control. Firstly, he misbehaved during the Euros 2012 and hence was disciplined by the French football association. After that his club career went downwards and now he’s being benched by Rennes. It is truly remarkable how he’s fallen from the great heights of his 2010-2011 season.
We originally offered £12m for him during the summer but it was eventually rejected as Rennes felt a good Euros would net them closer to £18m. However, as we can all see now, it backfired massively. As a result, they are stuck with an ill-disciplined player who’ll only net them less than half of what they originally expected at £8m.
M’Vila is a good player no doubt but his attitude and behaviour will rightly deter Wenger from making a bid. There are also many better players out there who are less of a risk. Diame has proven that he has the quality required to make it in the Premier League. Capoue of Toulouse was brilliant last season and at a similar price as M’Vila will represent less of a risk. Finally, the Dutchman Kevin Strootman is making great strides and is being recognised as one of the most promising youngsters in European football. All these players are available at reasonable prices and Arsenal can definitely afford them.
I personally wouldn’t go for M’Vila as he represents too much risk at this current moment. Arsenal need proven players who will deliver, not another youngster who we hope can change his attitude. It won’t always work and the team could suffer because of this naivety. But Wenger may feel that he can turn him around after getting him on the cheap. What would you do, Gooners?