Big January reinforcement underway at Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are believed to be planning moves for Montpellier star Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and West Bromwich Albion’s utility man Jonas Olsson in the January transfer window.
France international Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is reportedly at the top of Arsene Wenger’s list for January, with Olsson considered a good option to recruit as a backup player when others are absent.
Yanga-Mbiwa has been one of the best defenders in Ligue 1 for quite some time.
His imperious presence at the back was a key factor in Montpellier’s title win last season, as well as the goals of Olivier Giroud – now at Arsenal too of course.
23 year-old Yanga-Mbiwa, already the captain of Montpellier, is a cultured defender. He is calm in possession, and is able to both dribble and pass his way out of trouble.
He is a clean tackler, positions himself well, and makes few individual errors.
Whilst not brilliant in the air, he would complement Per Mertesacker in the Gunners’ back line.
Arsene Wenger would also likely be interested in his ability to play in the anchor midfield role too, and a purely defensive player could be a real asset to Arsenal.
Often opposition sides attempt to halt the north London side by closing down Mikel Arteta, and if there was another player helping him out at the base of the midfield line, perhaps the shackles would be freed from Arsenal’s play.
Jonas Olsson meanwhile would be a valuable option for Arsenal as he is well used to Premier League football, and his reported £3m release clause would certainly make him affordable.
He and Yanga-Mbiwa would make fine replacements for the departing Sebastien Squillaci and Johan Djourou.
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