Arsenal Transfer Rumors: Yann M'Vila Profile, Stats and What He Has To Offer

Snide CommentsCorrespondent IAugust 31, 2011

Arsenal's season has been no joke
Arsenal's season has been no jokeAlex Livesey/Getty Images

Deadline day is finally here and clubs are frantically trying to complete deals. One such club is Arsenal, who have been linked with half of the players in Europe in under 24 hours. 

The footballing world knows that Arsene Wenger likes to leave last-minute deals to deadline day, after three months of opportunity to look for the right target. 

After Arsenal's torrid start to the season, where Arsenal have more red cards than points and goals combined, Wenger feels the need to make moves in the market, but will he get his men at the 11th hour?

He said he is looking to sign three players; Arsenal fans know a complete overhaul wouldn't be a bad idea, with Armand Traore on the move. 

As of this morning, Arsenal already confirmed two signings in two days, with Korean International Park Chu Young moving from Monaco in a deal reported to be around £10 million and Andres Santos from Fenerbahce for £ 6.5 million. 

With Per Mertesacker reportedly completing a medical and talks advancing, it will only be a matter of time before he signs.

With defensive targets signed (except for Gary Cahill), can Wenger pull off the fourth by signing defensive midfielder Yann M'Vila?

During the Liverpool and Manchester United games, Arsenal's midfield was left in shambles. Jack Wilshere was missing and so was Alex Song, but if Yann M'Vila moves, we have two good defensive midfielders—giving Arsenal great cover.

M'Vila is a 6'0", 21-year-old player, who currently plays for Ligue 1 side Rennes. He has been a target for Arsenal for a while and could make the move before the deadline.

Arsenal reportedly offered him £25 million—which already breaks the transfer record—but Rennes is holding out for £30 million and with the way he plays, I don't see why not. 

He is an International with the French National, having played 11 times for them. He also captained his youth sides, most notably his U-19 side. 

He missed out on the 2010 World Cup, which might have been a blessing (not for his own development, but for saving himself from the fiasco of dealing with happened with France).

He is a very tough tackler, not yet in the Patrick Viera mould, but that's a lot to ask out of a 21-year-old. Viera wasn't as good when he first came to Highbury—he actually played in a 6-2 loss at Old Trafford. I'm not saying that to bring back bad memories, just to highlight that M'Vila has to start somewhere, just like Patrick Viera did. 

The best part of this is that his combative nature and vision allows him to read plays and break up attacks for the opposing teams. He can also start attacks of his own and, with creative players like Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal's midfield might just rival anyone for talent and ability. 

He doesn't score as often, with three goals in three seasons at club level, but at defensive midfield he isn't required to.

Arsenal have needed a tough tackler for a while, and M'Vila might just fit the bill.

If Arsenal splash the cash on the young French player, it might just be the start of a revolution.


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