Arsenal are leading the chase for £12m rated Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila who has arrived at Arsenal for a medical tomorrow.
The 22-year-old spoke to Sky Sports and said: “If the club receive a good offer and I like the destination then I will go, there is no doubt about that.”
Manager Arsene Wenger has been voicing his criticism of fans’ transfer expectations with a tongue in cheek comment yesterday that suggested that supporters would only be happy if the club signed Lionel Messi.
However, the signing of M’Vila would greatly reassure fans that the club is heading in the right direction.
The tough-tackling midfielder is wanted by QPR and Spurs but is adamant that he wants to join a club playing in the Champions League.
The 22-year-old has been touted as being exactly what Arsenal need after too many limp performances this season. The departure of Alex Song to Barcelona in the summer has left the Gunners a little short of midfield bite. Song averaged 2.8 tackles made per game for Arsenal last season with M’Vila attempting an impressive 3.2 a game for Rennes.
The statistics point towards him being a player that Arsenal desperately need if they are to maintain their status as a top four side in England. M’Vila also made 2.1 clearances a game last season, which is vastly more than Mikel Arteta’s 0.4 which suggests that the Spaniard does not like to sit so deep and is not prepared to help out the defense. M’Vila’s arrival would provide a new-found leadership in midfield and would provide excellent cover for a defense that has looked vulnerable this season.
M’Vila’s attitude has been called into question after he was caught having an unauthorised night out while on under-21 duty and was banned for two years by the French national team in November 2012. Rennes former manager Guy Lacombe described him as a ‘loose cannon’ and repeatedly dropped him to the bench for league matches.
However, Wenger will be most interested in his behaviour on the field, which so far this season has been exemplary. In 14 appearances (10 starts) the Frenchman has only committed four fouls and received one yellow card. Taking into account he has been fouled nine times by opposition players, these figures suggest that he has found a new maturity within himself. Perhaps the birth of his second child in 2010 has caused him to be more mature on and off the pitch.
The M’Vila and Wenger transfer story has been nothing short of a soap opera, with fans on tenterhooks on the ‘will they won’t they’ storyline. It is looking like that this particular story is reaching a satisfying conclusion for the Gunners.