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Arsenal Transfer News: Arsene Wenger Brings End to Yann M'Vila Rumors

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 17:  Yann M'Vila (L) of France holds off the challenge of Jordan Henderson (R) of England during the international friendly match between England and France at Wembley Stadium on November 17, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJuly 23, 2012

Rumors and speculation are part of the transfer window's immense intrigue, but a vast majority of them never come to fruition. One of the most common links this summer has been Yann M'Vila and Arsenal, but it appears there's no truth to it.

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger said he's not looking to land the defensive midfielder despite reports to the contrary, according to ESPN. The longtime boss pointed to the team's current depth at the position as the main reason for his lack on interest.

M'Vila has become one of the most coveted players on the market after another impressive season with Rennes in France's Ligue 1. The 22-year-old rising star has established himself as one of the best young defensive midfielders in the world.

He has also made 22 appearances for the French national team, a clear indication of how highly thought of he is within the country. So it shouldn't be a surprise that he's starting to generate interest from clubs around Europe.

The Gunners aren't one of them, though. And that makes sense. When you consider the players already available to Wenger to fill that role and other potential needs that may arise, spending big to land M'Vila wouldn't be the right move at this time.

Wenger mentioned Jack Wilshere, Alex Song and Abou Diaby among the players capable of handling the position this season. While Diaby has battled injuries, he has a boatload of talent and it would almost be like a high-profile transfer if he stays healthy.

Arsenal must also consider the ongoing Robin van Persie situation. Even though the Gunners would love for him to stay, that doesn't seem like a long-term option at this point, which means the issue of eventually replacing him will arise.

Inking a defensive midfielder like M'Vila obviously wouldn't do that. Arsenal has to leave itself as much flexibility as possible because once a final Van Persie decision gets made, the team will have to act fast to move forward.

M'Vila is a very good player and will likely become a superstar in the coming years, but it all comes down to building a team. Wenger must spend wisely to fix areas of need, and a defensive midfielder isn't one of them right now.

Time to move on to the next rumor.


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