Will Arsenal finally sign M’Vila?

There are reports that the 22-year old French international Yann M’Vila may finally be making the move to the Premier league that has long been expected. The defensive midfielder was thought to be on his way to the Emirates last summer, but stories about his discipline problems off the field, compounded by his falling out with the France manager Laurent Blanc at Euro 2012 caused Arsene Wenger to have second thoughts.

Along with those doubts, the return to fitness of Abou Diaby meant that Wenger did not see the young Rennes player as a risk worth taking. We now know that Diaby has an underlying problem that leads to his injuries. He will probably not be able to play more than one game a week, and even that might be too much for the Frenchman.

So, Wenger may now be thinking of M’Vila again, and Rennes are apparently willing to accept around £12 million for their star. Although nothing has been officially confirmed, M’Vila seems to think that he may be moving on soon.

“I am at Rennes at the moment, so let’s see what happens.

“If the club receive a good offer and I like the destination, then I will go. There is no doubt about that.”

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67 thoughts on “Will Arsenal finally sign M’Vila?

  1. Arsenal FTW

    i hope so and on another not the BBC west ham are in talks with Chamakh good to see we are getting rid of deadwood but we must replace them

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  2. Ryan

    Would love to have him at the clib. Wish we would have signed him in the summer. Signing him now will surely mean Wenger has publically admitted to making a mistake!

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  3. landi

    Need to sell:
    chamack,squillaci,djorou,santos,gerinho,park,bendtner,denilson,arshavin

    Get back : wellington silva (huuuugh potential,campbell and miyachi after the season)

    promote and BUY : aneke,frimpong,eisfield,gnarby, SHAW,ISCO,M’VILA, ZAHA

    And Keep our best players and when our talents becomes worldclass becuase they propably will with their talent, we should not sell them like we did with (song,fabregas,nasri,hleb,vp, etc…)

    And if we do this we could have our ARSENAL back next season and after 2-3 year one of the best team. I hope that the board and wenger thinks the same….

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  4. wallay

    I’m sick of all these,he should just get him if he really wants to, or what’s the point in an article writing “arsenal are looking to sign a particular player” then what we see next is “so so club is trying to hijack our target”……and shit

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  5. john 3:16

    OUT: Fabianski, Mannone, Djourou, Squillaci, Santos, Denilson, Arshavin, Gervinho, Chamakh, Park and Bendtner

    IN: Vorm, Baines, M’Biwa, Capoue, Navas and Villa

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  6. john 3:16

    Thumbs UP for Usmanov and Dein

    Thumbs DOWN for Kroenke and Gazidis

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  7. 7-3 Yes¿

    This is a must buy in my opinion we need a physical’FIT’Presence in midfield other than mr Talented sick note Diaby!!!

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  8. Th14

    Hes exactly what we need a strong tough tackling midfielder with good passing. And at 22 he can only improve under wenger

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  9. georgegooner

    Should’ve been signed in the summer. Also with reports of Chamakh going we should replace him, Villa for £16million is a barging, a player who has won the world cup and Champions league, a leader and proven goalscorer should be added without thinking

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  10. Dan cazorla

    All we need if we sign mvilla is a pacey wnger a clinical finisher and box to box mid and a full back and we will be up there with the best .. Plz mr.wenger sign some quality n proven stars

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  11. HARRY COOPER

    HE WOULD BE A MASSIVE SIGNING…COVER FOR GIBBS IS ALSO REQUIRED AND A STRIKER….
    CLEAR ALL DEADWOOD….
    THAT ALSO INCLUDES RAMSEY,WHILST RAMSEY IS HERE WE GOING NOWHERE…

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  12. Princely

    Just get a dm if mvila fine if another just get them fast and let’s settle down and move on we have really strong fixtures this month coupled with bayern men it ain’t easy Wenger u know the solution make it happen for the fans sake

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  13. mighty

    It is so obvious that arsenal’s got loads of dedwood players just get rid of theme and bring on new players simple !!!

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  14. Greg

    Hmm!I really hope this deal materialise because we are in dire need for an experience striker/ goal scorer!come on wenger don’t disappoint us gunners!

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  15. bob

    Anyone like to put some money down 100 pound that between now and the end of January, Wenger will NOT say ” I may not buy, we have Diaby Rosicky and Santos back, they may only be one or two players going out, but coming in no, we will see. I have a strong squard, we have to think about the next game and the players we have, not who may come in, in January its not easy to find the right player that can have an impact and will improve the group of players we have now..so we may not buy this widow.

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  16. Mistyque

    Yes Please!!!
    We really need a beast in our midfield.
    He could make Aguero shit seven colours in his pants.

    Arsenal for life

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  17. Invincibles nice (1)

    I find it very unlikely that the Arsenal havent known about Diabys underlying problems for some time now, sure it were very clear to us all, without having to hear the recent findings

    We need to be more sharp and decisive within this transfer window, that whole waiting till the last hours in order to try getting a better deal is total bs

    Would be very pleased if we can get Shaw Mbiwa Holtby a DM and striker, thats if in fact these players are amongst our true targets. Im not too confident that we’ll get every first choice target we go after and furthermore im not even confident that we’ll reinforce each pos that needs reinforcing

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  18. Graham

    @ john 3:16

    you really do live in your own world. Bring 6 new players half way through the season would be madness. They won’t have time to settle in and it will only create more problems.

    By bringing in M’vila, the club is effectively telling Coquelin and Frimpong that they have no confidence in them.

    I am not convinced on this one because I think we have two players of a similar age to M’vila who can do the job. The £12m fee can be used to buy better quality players for the positions we need. It could be the difference between a 15 goal and a 25 goal striker.

    Incidentally, it’s been rumoured that Madrid are looking to sell Iguain. He could do a good job for us. He would cost around £24m and I think the transfer fund for M’vila could be better spent on someone like him.

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  19. jeilani

    Look at Yann M’vila’s wikipedia page. It says “M’Vila agreed a £14.7 million move to Arsenal, after admitting to be unsettled at former club Rennes. He was assigned the number 17 shirt.”

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  20. Madders

    A tun says he don’t!!!
    We will buy 3-4 players I’m positive!
    I think it will be Lopez,m’villia/diame & shaw maybe even pepe?
    COYG!! UP THE ARSENAL!!!

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  21. Nick

    Bring him in now! We can get him at a good price and he’s a beast with lots of experience & potential.

    Also it comes as no surprise since Arsenal had been mentioned as interested in David Villa…. Shocker now Spuds are interested in him.

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  22. Cut

    We have good young CDMs coming through…right now need an experienced one to protect the defence & drive team forward from the back when needed. But as usual will end up with nothing or some cheap cr@p.

    Love Arsenal – thumbs up!
    Hate W@nkrs running it – thumbs down

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  23. realist

    Someone has already put him on wikipedia saying its a done deal at 14.7m

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  24. sollygunner

    there is no evidence to suggest wenger wants this player if he did we would have got him already probably end up at spurs avb has said he likes him

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  25. Gunner

    With Diaby there are 2 questions!

    First is his injury issues, second is he really a DM?? He is a midfielder yes, I am not sure where he belongs after that? We may never know if he doesn’t play a few games.

    If M’Vila is so good, why then is he priced at 12 million? Is it his disciplinary issues, and/or his character? Why are clubs willing to sell? The last thing Arsenal need is another middle of the road midfielder???? They need some real quality, a midfield anchor who can break up attacks, and turn them into counter attacks instinctively. Someone who is always on the end of anything that is cleared out of the opponents penalty area! His name used to be Vierra!

    If M’Vila has that level of quality, then maybe his tough guy persona might turn into a positive? However, that sort of personality can just as often be disruptive too.

    So be careful what you wish for!

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  26. Anders

    M`Vila in, Ramsey out on loan, Rosicky more game time, would like to see Eisfeld some more, he has only played in the capitol one cup and he was amazing, wenger needs to go back to his basics, he needs to give the young talents some minuttes, Gnabry and Eisfeld, Miyaichi should have stayed, after his performances for Bolton and for us in preseason

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  27. Z

    this guy isnt diaby’s replacement, they could play together, he’s a defensive midfielder and diaby’s more a central midfielder

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  28. Gunner

    Frimpong is the only player I see that has the sort of playing to possibly become what Arsenal need at DM!

    However he is one of the ‘young experiments’ and much like AOC, we have no idea if he really will become the player we would like him to become.

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  29. John

    We need him and 4 top top top players with a great CB nothing less. We cant lose another game this season no way. Then summer get rid of 10 players and get another 4 top ones in. Could do with a new manager but cant c that myself. Far to much shit at arsenal at the mo. I sound down but this is how it must be and the armband should be given to new blood yes JACK

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  30. Tamil Sundram

    Nope theres coquelin and Frimpong…

    if Arsenal wants to sign a DM they should sign a very very experienced one not mvila hes young and inexperienced…

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  31. Tamil Sundram

    Be careful what you wish for…

    if Mvila is that good…why none of the big clubs are after him…

    Juventus, Man utd, Man city, Chelsea, Real and Barca are not even interested in signing him……

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  32. realgooner10 AFC

    Overated mvilla… No thanks! Capoue is the man Arsenal need!! A real physical pressence!! A real hard tackler!! Mvilla has been below average for the last two seasons… But what will be will be!!! I really hope we don’t let zaha go united!!! The lad is going to be a super star… We was talking about finding local talent!! Because they will show loyalty… Well there’s our man… A gooner aswell… Sign him up.. Even its means paying a couple million more….

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  33. S.H

    Wenger could be really tossing up over M’vila and Biglia, both names that have made constant headlines over the past year as Arsenal links. I wouldn’t be surprised if either one gets signed. Regardless I’m just happy to see deadwood drift. Too bad we couldn’t get the worst current deadwood in Aaron Ramsey. Eduardo sees the door, Ramsey a new contract. Oh the English! For the goodness of the commonwealth and it’s political agendas! Get over it already!

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  34. jermaine

    sissoko contract finishes summer 22years old and as good as yann we could throw the squid in the deal +4mill

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  35. landmind111

    I’d be Surprised if we sign anyone to be honest. Wenger often plays these games just to string us along. I hope I’m wrong tho coz we could really do with a few extra bodies.

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  36. Dunny

    Trust me this guy is a lazy ass fu##in scrub!! CAPOUE is the answer everyone please realize this!!!! The guy is statistically the 2nd best DM in Europe on who scored.com and he’s the vice captain of toulouse (we need leadership). The guy is taller stronger better at all skills and more motivated.

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  37. Aggelos

    @Graham
    “I am not convinced on this one because I think we have two players of a similar age to M’vila who can do the job.The £12m fee can be used to buy better quality players for the positions we need”

    You know that we really need a DM dont you?Arteta cant play there,our 1st choice who is actually a dm is coquelin,and he clearly hasnt got the abillity to be first choice at a top club yet.So I think 12 million for M’Vila is actually a really good bargain,it would be foolish for Arsenal not to negotiate

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  38. Twig

    We’ll be signing Fakin Na Wan, a talented 17 year old kid from Japan.

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  39. jjones

    Y do some people say sign isco zaha mvilla n shit loads of other midfielders we need a defensive mid arteta can then rotate wiv cazorla and wilshere that way there will be less chance of injurys if wenger is gonna honour what walcott wants then sign a winger i know the ox has done well but i think he will later on be deployed down the middle and think we shud sign a class winger like farfan also replace deadwood sold with either good squad players or promote eisfield n co also an addition to our defence wudnt be bad and also another striker

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  40. Tamil Sundram

    Mvila is not worth 12m curently probably around 5million..hes hasnt been playing much and not playing well either…

    still wouldnt go for him…need a real experience one and not a young 22yo…

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  41. realist

    All i read is sign a decent DM. well who is uniteds decent DM? Carrick and Citys? Barry and Chelseas? Ramires and Spurs? Parker! Forgive me for being so naive but who really has a top level DM? Barcelona? busquets

    The game has moved on from the makele days a natural DM is not the way teams are playing. Instead its two deep lying playmakers that are strong jn the tackle. our first choice pairing is arteta and wilshire our back up quartet are coquelin diaby ramsey frimpong. Sure the back up quartet could be better but not many clubs have 6 players capable of playing those two positions.

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  42. S.H

    @Twig

    Remember the day when we signed a no one called Anelka? What about Song, Flamini, Clichy, Kolo Toure? Need I mention more names? Get your head out of the sand!

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  43. S.H

    @Twig

    Remember that guy RV something? Yeah you know that guy that we bought for 2.75M which nobody wanted? Didn’t he Captain our team last year and got sold to “Manchester whoever” or rather?

    Most gooners are just wanting Wenger to SPEND. So do I but the player has to fit well into the squad. I don’t care whether he costs 100K or 20M. He has to work well with the team. This is why Wenger has 6 scouts to look at other things about a player, not just his price tag.

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  44. banga

    Flamini was a good find. I was sad to see him leave. Defensive midfielder should be the first position we look to fill the void. Offensively we have struggled this season. We simply do not create enough chances for my liking. So I’d say maybe a winger if we’re going to deploy Walcott as a striker. Also by buying a DM, it allows Arteta to play a highe role and helps keep the rest of the midfielders fresh. Rosicky has been missed.. He really turned it on last year in the late stages of the season.

    I’m fine with one signing as long it is a world class signing. #sheerquality

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  45. Charlie

    I’ve never seen the bloke play so I can only go on his record. He’s played a lot for France who aren’t short of defensive midfielders, he has exceptional passing stats and is known as a tough, strong tackler. That all seems to fit perfectly with what Arsenal want. I don’t understand any of you who say Arsenal don’t need him or that no team needs a defensive midfielder. City have Toure playing there when they play 4-3-3, Chelsea have Mikel, Barcelona have Busquets and Song, Spurs have Sandro while United play a different system, more 4-4-2 than 4-3-3. There are no world class DMs at Arsenal and the lack of possession compared to previous seasons is testament to that. You say they don’t create enough but do you not think that it might be linked to them not having the ball for as much of the game as they used to ? The system worked better with Song than it does now but Song sometimes lacked defensive discipline and saw himself as a playmaker. M’Vila seems to ba a player who wants to be a defensive midfielder so he won’t cause the same problems.

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  46. Steve

    I’d prefer Capoue. I think he is a better player, cheaper, and younger. He is really just like Diaby.

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  47. Charlie

    @Steve. Capoue is 2 years older and has 4 French caps compared to M’Vilas’ 22. I’m not saying that makes him better, it just means the past couple of French managers have rated him better up to now. I think M’Vila has deteriorated over the past couple of seasons a little but he still played for France at Euro 2012. He’s not at a good team now. It’s difficult to say whether he’d cut it at the top level when he’s only played for Rennes and (apart from that one sub appearance at Euro 2012) in qualifying games for France. He’s never really been under the spotlight. He could struggle with the intensity of the EPL or he could thrive playing with better players but he’s the type of player Arsenal need and potentially good enough.

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  48. Louis

    If you can get him under 10mil, Wenger should do it. If not, go buy Etienne Capoue for up to 15mil.

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  49. apc

    m.villa i first saw a few years ago and he was amazing against england. i had to ask my mate who this guy was. not sure if hes given up improving himself now and hes happy the way he is???

    id take the gamble tho. but im a diame fan too :)

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  50. Graham Jones

    ANOTHER DAY IS SLIPPING BY WITH A TOTAL SILENCE FROM THE EMIRATES ….. DEMBA BA HAS GONE, THERE’S TALK OF SCHNEIDER JOINING QPR, NOTHING ON MVILLA, THEO WALCOTT IS CURRENTLY TAKING THE P**S OUT OF THE CLUB, ARSENE WENGER (THE OFFICE BOY) IS IMPOTENT TO DO ANYTHING WITHOUT THE NOD OF THE BOARD … WHAT A SHAMBLES ….. 7TH IS THE BEST AFC CAN EXPECT IN THE PREMIERSHIP THIS SEASON …… DOWN SEVEN SISTERS ROAD THEY MUST BE LAUGHING THEIR HEADS OFF AND I DONT BLAME THEM …. NO-ONE TAKES ARSENAL SERIOUSLY ANY MORE ….. ARE WE SURPRISED WITH THE MANAGEMENT WE HAVE???

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  51. adzz

    Great Signing if it came true, With Diabys Constant injurys, he would be Mvillas replacment if he was to get injured

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  52. Kobi

    JUST SIGN HIM!!!!!! Its been 2 years! Cant take it no more!
    I swear if we do get him I will walk down to the Emirates and buy a Shirt with his name and number 17 on it!

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  53. Hindo J.E.T. Wright

    I personal believe that M’vila is the perfect and right defensive mid-fielder Arsenal need at this point in time. Bring him will mark a turning point in the club, Ateta is not the right player he is just trying, pls Wenger do something.

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  54. ANTOINETTE BUCKLEY

    Super if we get him we also need cover for gibbs and villa sell all deadwood players 4 example djourou and get rid a ramsay I hate when wenger brings him on if we are winning bi a goal

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  55. Gooner 1

    WAKE UP ARSENAL FANS. I DO AGREE WITH BOB ONE HUNDRED PERCENT.WENGER WILL TELL US AT THE END OF JANUARY THAT HE HAS NOT FIND ANY QUALITY PLAYER,HIS PLAYERS WILL BE BACK FROM THE SICKNESS BED,IE SANTOS,DIABY,AND OTHERS.HE HAS NO INTENTION TO BUY,FOLLOW THE SAME PATTERN EVERY JANUARY ,SAVE THE MILLION FOR HIMSELF AND THE BOARD.CAN ANYONE TELL US IF WALCOTT REALLY DESERVES. 100 .OOO EVERY WEEK.

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