Arsenal Tranfser News: Gunner's Hesitation May Cost Them M'vila

Simon Edmonds@@Eddie_EdmondsCorrespondent IAugust 29, 2012

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23: Yann M'Vila of France looks on during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
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In what has been one of the most bi-polar summers of transfers in the history of Arsenal football club, it appears the excitement just never ends.

Having seen their best two players from last season, Alex Song and Robin van Persie, both move away from the Emirates, one could be forgiven for thinking that this has been a disastrous summer for Arsene Wenger and company.

However, the addition of Santi Cazorla, Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski has balanced out the flow of comings and goings at Arsenal, meaning that the Gunners may shockingly somehow be in a better position in terms of star power than at the end of the 2011-12 season.

However, one lingering issue that has plagued Arsenal for nearly a decade now, is their failure to seriously replace the great Patrick Vieira in the centre of their midfield.

When the Frenchman left the club to play for Italian giants Juventus, a part of Arsenal seemed to fade away.

No longer were they the stalwart team who could keep clean sheet after clean sheet year upon year.

Instead a new generation of football began, with the likes of Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and RVP turning the Gunners into one of the most offensively powerful sides in Premier League history.

Those players have now all gone, but their respective replacements have managed to maintain that same passion and dominance going forward.

Many argue that if the fabled "second Vieira" was eventually found, then Arsenal could once again rise to the top of the English League and reclaim their title as champions of England.

Finally, it seemed as though they might have found that very man in the shape of France and Rennes defensive midfielder, Yann M'vila.

However, shockingly, as The Daily Mail reports, Arsenal are still yet to lodge a bid, or even make significant contact with the French club over the 22-year-old's signature.

Many Arsenal fans will see no problem with this.

After all, the transfer window stays open for another three days, and it certainly is not uncommon to see many big name players being brought in in the final few hours of the summer period.

But the news of Arsenal's current lack of action is not all The Mail is reporting.

For quite some time it has seemed apparent that it would very much be a two horse race between bitter rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to acquire M'vila's services.

But with the likelihood that Manchester City player, Nigel De Jong, will be moving away from the club come Friday, the current English Champions may now also be entering into the race for the Frenchman.

The transfer would seem a somewhat unnecessary one on City's part at the surface of things, with Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure currently holding the top slot not just at City, but as one of the best central midfielder's in the world right now.

The move for M'vila from the Sky Blues would very much tie in with their theme for the summer though. Buying players in their early twenties to prepare for the future.

Already Jack Rodwell has joined the club, and it seems as though Scott Sinclair may also be on his way out of Swansea and to the Etihad.

Arsenal are going to have a fight on their hands if they want to ensure Yann does end up playing in the red and white of the Gunners next season.

And if they want to guarantee that, they had better make a move sooner rather than later.