Arsenal are confident of landing Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila before the end of the month, according to the Sunday Mirror.
The Gunners fans are growing impatient at the club’s relative inactivity in the transfer market with results on the pitch causing more concern. Arsenal succumbed 2-0 to Liverpool at home on Saturday to cap a miserable week for Arsene Wenger. It began with an ill-tempered 0-0 draw at Newcastle that resulted in Gervinho being sent off and Alex Song receiving a three-match ban for stamping on Joey Barton.
The sale of Cesc Fabregas was then followed by a fortunate 1-0 win over Udinese in the first leg of their Champions League playoff in which their Italian opponents dominated the second half and Arsenal will have to pull out an excellent performance at the Stadio Friuli next week if they are to reach the group stages.
With options threadbare due to player departures, suspensions and injury, the need for fresh blood is clear. M’Vila is a rugged defensive midfielder of real talent and is wanted to provide some much needed steel to an increasingly fragile looking team. With the exception of the ill-disciplined Alex Song, there are few fighters in the team – a stark contrast to the days of Patrick Vieira, Emmanuel Petit, Martin Keown and SOl Campbell.
The France international would be available for as little as £10m and is thought to be keen on the move. Arsenal will hope they can wrap it up sooner rather than later.