Posted on Saturday, 27th August 2011 by Mike Holmes
According to The Guardian, we’re getting close to tying up a deal to bring Yann M’Vila to the Emirates.
It’s hardly the signing the fans have been clamouring for.
M’Vila plays in the defensive midfield role and to be fair we’ve already got the poets favourite duo; Alex Song Billong and Emmanuel Frimpong, in that position. It would seem like we’ve got that part of the field covered when you consider that last season Jack Wilshere played most of his games behind the attacking midfielder and alongside Song.
If the reports are true then perhaps Arsene Wenger is planning on shifting Wilshere into a more advanced role, and he intends on playing M’Vila next to Song. This would make for an incredibly combative midfield and it might just be a managerial masterstroke from the Frenchman.
The other player we’ve been strongly linked with in the last couple of days is Gary Cahill of Bolton. Whilst my preference would be to sign Phil Jagielka, I still think that this would be an excellent signing for Arsenal.
It would seem that by making a reported low opening bid we have mortally offended the Bolton chairman, Phil Gartside, as well as their manager, Owen Coyle. This might prevent the deal going through, though I doubt it will if we eventually stump up the cash they’re asking for.
Let’s hope they do it. Either that or go back to Everton for Jagielka. I don’t mind. I don’t think anyone else does either. Just buy someone.
With Schezzers having restored our faith in the goalkeeping department, with either Jagielka or Cahill in defence, as well as with the potential signing of M’Vila; Arsenal might be about to, in one fell swoop, toughen up a team that has long been criticised for being too lightweight.
Whether these specific transfers happen or not, it seems that Wenger has learnt his lesson and is keen on making the team a much more robust outfit for this season and beyond.
Let’s hope that he lands his top targets and then we can look forward to the season ahead without fear or trepidation.
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