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All the pieces were in place for this move.
Arsene Wenger himself said that he wanted one more defensive signing before the window closed (via Yahoo! Sports).
Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is young, versatile and a great leader, having captained Montpellier to the Ligue 1 title last season.
But according to The Mirror's John Cross, Yanga-Mbiwa turned down an offer from Arsenal to hold out for a move to AC Milan in January:
I rejected an important offer from Arsenal because my desire is to play in Milan. Wenger was keen on the subject but I'd rather play in Italy and I hope the clubs can find a solution in January. I am sad because I want to play in Milan and Montpellier know this.
The young defender would have been a great signing for Arsene Wenger due to his versatility across the back line.
But I can't think of anyone that would turn down real Italian food.