Date: 23rd January 2013 at 5:15pm
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Montpellier recently confirmed that Newcastle have signed Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – have Arsenal missed a trick with the France international?

The Magpies have reportedly agreed a deal worth around £8 million to sign the now former Montpellier captain, who was being tracked by The Gunners throughout the last transfer window and the current one.

On Sunday, The Daily Mirror suggested Arsenal were considering making an 11th hour bid for Yanga-Mbiwa’s services. However, The Gunners were said to have ‘reservations’ about the versatile Frenchman.

Well Arsene Wenger either didn’t move quickly enough to compete for his signature or withdraw his interest in the 23-year-old altogether, as the Ligue 1 outfit confirmed Yanga-Mbiwa will be joining Alan Pardew’s side:

‘He became one of the spearheads but also one of the jewels in the Montpellier team.

‘The whole club wishes him good luck for the rest of his career.’

So, have The Gunners missed a trick with Yanga-Mbiwa?

Should they have challenged Newcastle all the way for the Frenchman’s signature?

Although the Frenchman looks a good young player, who possesses good pace, power and versatility, I don’t think he is what we were particularly looking for. Other areas of the squad need tweaking in my opinion.

With that being said, Yanga-Mbiwa would have given us more options in defence and midfield, and for £8 million he would have been regarded as an astute signing from Wenger.

He’s still only 23 and who knows, maybe we will be registering our interest in him when he’s in his prime.

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