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Don't be deterred by Arsène Wenger's latest comments about Arsenal not wanting Yann M'Vila.
In the past, Wenger has admitted to deceiving the press: "I can't give concrete examples, but when I lie to the press I always speak to the player concerned beforehand to get our story straight."
He should have also said, "I consistently lie to the media regarding transfer speculation."
When Wenger wants to sell players, he's ruthless in getting the best deal for Arsenal.
This is the same club that signed Nicolas Anelka for £500,000 and sold him for £22.3 million. It's the same club that received a king's ransom from Barcelona for Marc Overmars. The same club that forced Manchester City to hand over £25 million for Samir Nasri, who held leverage over Arsenal due to his expiring contract.
Wenger generally plays hard to get it when it comes to signing players.
He's thrown the ball back to Rennes' court, presumably nudging them to sell M'Vila to another club, knowing full well that M'Vila wants to be a Gunner: "I have heard Arsenal are interested in me. I like Arsenal and I like the Premier League."
The plan: To sign M'Vila, who is a world-class defensive midfielder, at a cut price because Rennes have no other option. If Rennes hold out, Wenger won't lose any sleep because he has Mikel Arteta, Alex Song and Francis Coquelin.