Arsenal Transfer News: Why Ending Yann M'Vila Interest Is a Mistake
Seemingly during every transfer window, Arsenal are linked with footballers of real quality, excellent acquisitions—yet for some reason or another (usually financially based), Arsene Wenger has now become infamous for failing to stump up the moolah to make the transfer.
Recent examples could include Juan Mata, Gary Cahill and Phil Jones, all of whom Arsenal have been linked with in the last 18 months and all of whom could have been fantastic contributors to the side.
Whilst the club have indeed been busy in the transfer window with the acquisitions of Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud, Wenger has indeed let his thrifty ways get the better of him once more in declaring an end to Arsenal's interest in Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila.
In rescinding all transfer speculation surrounding the French international, Wenger referred to the current depth of his midfield corps as reasoning for his decision, courtesy of ESPN:
"No [I am not interested]. We wait on Diaby and Wilshere," Wenger said. "When you look, we have [Alex] Song, [Aaron] Ramsey, [Francis] Coquelin, Wilshere, [Mikel] Arteta and Diaby.
"In defensive midfielders and box-to-box players we are not short if they are all coming back. If we have setbacks in pre-season, it could be different."
While Le Professeur is very much right to state Arsenal's considerable depth in the position as reason enough for not pursuing M'Vila as a viable acquisition, he makes arguments against him easy in his preference to wait on Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby, both of whom were hardly featured in last season's campaign (or weren't featured at all, in Wilshere's case).
Case in point, aside from injury worries at the tail-end of last season, M'Vila has enjoyed a career mostly free of stints in the treatment room. The same cannot be said for much of Arsenal's current crop of midfielders—particularly Diaby, Wilshere and Ramsey.
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His youth—having turned 22 less than a month ago—is also a factor very much in his favour. While the talented but tragically injury-prone Diaby is 26, M'Vila is much closer in age to Wilshere and Song and would finish a youthful but strong and mature triumvirate in the centre of the park.
Of crucial importance is simply how good M'Vila is. As a well-rounded, powerful but cultured defensive midfielder, M'Vila could walk into the Arsenal starting 11 if his reputation dictates, as interest from Real Madrid attests. While arguments could be made that he is unproven at the highest level—success in Ligue 1 should not be viewed as akin to success in the Premier League or La Liga—he has shown veritable progress through his efficacious displays internationally for Les Bleus.
Unfortunately, as appears to be the case throughout Arsenal's squad, Wenger has many good players at his disposal; all of the men listed earlier have shown themselves to be useful to the club. But what Arsenal are desperately lacking is players of a different class of talent throughout the squad at all positions.
While Diaby has been blighted by injuries from reaching his true potential, M'Vila could join the squad and provide the bulwark Arsenal's back four needs in front of them. Ramsey has shown flashes of excellence, granted, but M'Vila can come in as a role model, improving both the Welshman's play and his own in years to come.
Arsenal need upgrades in midfield. Arsene Wenger would do well not to miss out on this one in the form of Yann M'Vila.
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