Why Arsenal should sign Yann M’Vila

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Taken from Lady Arse Gossip

Over the last few weeks, speculation has been building around the possibility of Arsenal signing France and Rennes star Yann M’Vila who plays as a defensive midfielder.

M’Vila missed out on France’s squad for the 2010 World Cup despite being heavily tipped to make the team after being selected in their final 23 man squad, less than a year after making a professional debut in football. 

However, shortly after his misfortunes M’Vila won his first senior international cap on the 5th of August 2010 against Romania. Despite losing the game 2-1, he was praised by current France coach Laurent Blanc and the French media by being named man of the match. He has since gone on to win 18 international caps, scoring just once.

As well as shining at international level M’Vila has dazzled at club level this season, playing 36 games and grabbing 2 assists in the French Ligue 1. The most recent game was Stade Rennes 0 – 2 Montpellier which I watched just to see how he plays and although M’Vila struggles when taking on players of good pace and though it is not part of the role he plays, I have heard his eye for goal is pretty poor. 

But M’Vila possesses that game winning challenge, that Arsenal need and M’Vila is a no nonsense defensive midfielder and fears not when it comes to making a vital challenge. He has superb vision and pulls off exceptional passes as well as having an incredible work rate, so in France he is dubbed the new ‘Claude Makelele’ who is known for his work rate and last ditch tackles.

M’Vila wins 3.1 tackles per game, gets 2.5 interceptions per game and only concedes 0.8 fouls per game compared to Alex Song (2.2) and Mikel Arteta (1.4). Unlike Song, providing cover for the likes of Vermaelen and Santos to venture forward is not a problem for M’Vila.

Taken from the Daily Mail

Song and M’Vila both have immaculate passing ability, but M’Vila covers vacant space left by Vermaelen and Koscielny when going forward in order to prevent the opposition exposing the defence. Whereas, Song plays a more passing style than defensive as a defensive midfielder.

To conclude, if Arsenal do sign Yann M’Vila he will cost around the fee reported £17 million, which will break Arsenal’s transfer record, currently of course is the 2009 purchase of £15m Andrey Arshavin who has just finished his loan at Zenit St Petersburg. 

Arsenal need to sign M’Vila to bolster their defence and with the signing of Lukas Podolski from Cologne for £11 million, the new season could see Arsenal as big title contenders and M’Vila will surely help that cause.

Written by Ali Iromlou
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