Now, Arsene Wenger is thinking about looking elsewhere, according to Jamie Sanderson of the Metro.
The off-the-pitch squabble—which included Hatem Ben Arfa, Jeremy Menez and former Gunner Samir Nasri—has reportedly soured Wenger's perception of M'Vila, who is a budding talent on the pitch.
However, Wenger isn't in a position to pass on a potential game-changer for Arsenal, and it can be summed up in three words: Robin. Van. Persie.
Does M'Vila have character concerns? Well, let's just put it this way: If you don't think he has character concerns, you are a bad judge of character.
The 21-year-old has been arrested three times in the past two years. The first incident involved him fighting a restaurant owner after a case of road rage. His second incident involved him being associated with prostitutes. And his third incident involved—get this—punching a teenage boy who was courting his sister.
Off-the-pitch issues? M'Vila has them.
Should Arsenal go after M'Vila despite his character concerns?
However, you also have to look at what M'Vila would bring to the club, especially considering Van Persie wants assurance that Arsenal is gunning for the Premier League title next season. With M'Vila, you have a dynamic midfielder who could become a star in one of Europe's top leagues. And he's just beginning to realize his potential. In terms of on-the-pitch impact, he would be a huge acquisition for the Gunners. Just imagine him with Van Persie and the recently acquired Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud.
Is M'Vila the nicest, most lovable guy in the world? Probably not. If he can stay focused on the field, though, he gives them a much better chance of challenging Manchester City and Manchester United next season. Simply acquiring him may be enough to persuade Van Persie to say at Emirates. Isn't that reason enough to go after him?
It's risky to go after M'Vila given his character concerns, but it's particularly treacherous to start next season without Van Persie on the side.