Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Arshavin, Coquelin Out, Reus, M'Vila and Martin in
International football is currently engulfing World Football ensuring a short hiatus for English Premier League football. However despite no weekend fixtures, there are always rumours, and Bleacher Report always keeps readers up to date.
Arsenal's rejuvenated form of nine victories in 11 matches has ensured manager Arsene Wenger looks to January hopeful of acquiring new quality rather than desperation. The Gunners' endured a horrific start to 2011/2012 but now appear on track to achieve a top four finish. However it is still very early days in Europe's best league.
None the less, the Frenchman boasts a £50 million transfer budget at his disposal and has stated his intentions to utilize the freedom in January. Furthermore, Wenger currently possesses a large squad with players growing increasingly frustrated with lack of playing time.
A number of players have been consistently linked with a move to the Emirates, and with rumours intensifying, it is proving an interesting watch. Bleacher Report has all the transfer rumours regarding Arsenal.
FootballVibe has reported that Arsene Wenger is set to launch a £15 million bid for Sochaux midfielder Marvin Martin however the Frenchman faces competition from Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain. Martin was a huge Summer target for Arsenal with Wenger viewing the 23-year-old as a strong replacement for former captain Cesc Fabregas.
The France international recorded a superb 41 appearances, four goals and seventeen assists last season and stared with his evasiveness and clinical passing. Martin is seen as a typical Arsenal player by many but may be tempted by the prospect of remaining in France with big spenders PSG.
However Wenger has the funds to secure the Sochaux play maker alongside the luxury of UEFA Champions League football.
Goal.com has reported highly rated French midfielder Yann M'Vila will depart Rennes for either Spanish giants Real Madrid or Arsenal following Euro 2012. The 21-year-old has become one of the most chased targets in Europe following successful seasons with Lique 1 side Rennes.
M'Vila has amassed eighty appearances in the last two seasons and has greatly impressed with his tenacious and strong midfield work alongside his efficient play making. The France international was subject to a £22 million bid by Arsene Wenger in the Summer but the fee was rejected.
However with Real Madrid and the Gunners' the midfielders destinations of choice, it is unlikely M'Vila will remain in France much longer. None the less it is believed the youngster will remain with Rennes until the end of 2011/2012 and look elsewhere following the up coming Euro 2012.
A number of players in the German Bundesliga have been linked to the Gunners' in recent weeks, with the likes of Mario Goetze and Kevin GroBkreutz among the rumoured. However Better.com have announced Arsene Wenger is eager to sign Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marco Rues.
The German striker has emerged as an impressive, efficient forward in the Bundesliga and Wenger is keen to entice the 22-year-old with the luxuries of UEFA Champions League and Premier League football. Last season the Rues amassed 37 appearances and 12 goals as the Foals narrowly avoided relegation.
This season the German international has developed superbly, securing eight goals in ten appearances. Wenger has been impressed with Reus's speed and agility alongside his composed finishing and with Marouane Chamakh set for a January departure, the German looms as the ideal replacement.
Goal.com has announced that impressive Arsenal youngster Francis Coquelin is considering a January departure from the Emirates if more first team opportunities fail to arise. The 20-year-old has made the transition to the first team in 2011/2012 after a successful loan spell with French outfit Lorient FC last season, amassing 25 appearances and one goal.
Coquelin was signed in 2008 from Lique 2 side Stade Lavallois and has since risen through the academy and reserves impressively. The young gun was integral in the renowned 2008/2009 Youth Double of the FA Premier League Academy and the FA Youth Cup. In the recent Summer Coquelin played a sterling role in the France U-20 World Cup campaign, starting every match as the Les Blues finished fourth.
A tough, composed midfielder, the Frenchman has featured five times this season and secured the Arsenal.com Man of the Match award for his performance against Tottenham.
However with the midfield boasting strong fitness, opportunities have ceased for the French U-21 star prompting him to voice his frustrations and desire to depart. A number of sides in France are rumoured to be very interested.
'It is often said that when you are young you have time but I played a whole season at Lorient and now I'm virtually not playing at all. It's annoying. Given my playing time for sure the idea of a departure this winter is in my head.'
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The Daily Mail has reported that Arsenal winger Andrei Arshavin is subject to interest from German giants Schalke 04 and Russian outfit, who possess one of the biggest budgets in Europe, Anzhi Makhachkala. The 30-year-old is said to be frustrated at the Emirates due to the lack of playing time.
The Russian has become out of favour under Arsene Wenger despite some energetic displays in recent weeks. The Arsenal fans have also become frustrated with Arshavin due to his tendency to appear uninterested and lazy at times.
The Russia captain was an Arsenal record £15 million signing from Zenit St Petersburg in January 2009 and has since amassed 119 appearances, thirty goals and thirty assists, impressive statistics regardless of attitude. However Theo Walcott and Gervinho are ahead of Arshavin in the wing regime whilst the emergence of boom teenagers Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Ryo Miyaichi ensures a compact forward line.
Arshavin is a popular figure in Russia and has expressed a desire to return to his homeland, with Anzhi capable of producing the £15 million Wenger would desire, it could prove a likely move in January.
'Right now I don't think about changing clubs. If I will be benched for a very long time, then such an issue might be relevant.
'I still want to play for 90 minutes, but now I am glued to the bench.'