Arsene Wenger has been watching Yann M’Vila for a long time, but has never decided to bring him to Arsenal before. Reports from the French midfielder and his club, Rennes, indicate that he will probably be moving in this transfer window, so it is a case of now or never for Wenger to recruit him as a Gunner, but is he worth the risk?
There have been a number of reasons that Wenger has not made the plunge for M’Vila before, not least of those being the price tag. In the summer, before Euro 2012, M’Vila was one of the most sought after young players in Europe. Rennes were then demanding nearly £20 million for him, because they thought that he would shine for France at the tournament and his price may even have risen. As we know, that backfired spectacularly which is why he could now be signed for less than half that amount.
The thing is, he hasn’t suddenly become a bad player, he just doesn’t want to play in France anymore. He is banned from the international team until 2014 and is not exactly Mr. popular in his home country. It is understandable, then, that he wants to move on.
Another thing that stopped Wenger before was that Arsenal had players in that position already, Alex Song and Abou Diaby. Again, that is no longer the case. Song is gone and Diaby is gone half of the time. Wenger has dealt with problem players before, so that should not worry him too much.
It seems to me that M’Vila has been holding on for Arsenal to sign him, but he cannot wait for long. QPR and Zenit St. Petersburg have made offers, but he is not keen on either move. He wants to play in the champions league, but also in a competitive, high quality domestic league. Should Arsene Wenger just bite the bullet and bring M’Vila to Arsenal?