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M’Baye, M’Vila, M’Song?

Arsenal’s first pre-season friendly of the summer takes place tomorrow at Southampton, with two 45-minute games against the hosts and Dutch Belgian side Anderlecht. It’s unlikely any of the senior members will be involved but it should be good opportunity for some of the younger squad members, a chance to make an early impression on the manager.

Speaking of youngsters, 17-year old M’Baye Niang is on trial at the club from French outfit Caen. He’s highly rated in his home country and would be another one for the future, if Arsenal were to make a move. But you have to wonder if we need another young forward – Joel Campbell, Ryo Miyaichi and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain have all been recruited in the past year. Also, Benik Afobe has impressed with the England’s U-19s at the European Championships too.

On the other hand, opportunities to snap up talented youngsters on the cheap are increasingly difficult to come by and it may turn out to be an excellent acquisition for the Gunners. You really can’t have too many talented young strikers and if Arsene is looking at the boy, he must be a little special.

I remember another 17-year old that trialled at the club back in 2005. At the time, AW was suitably impressed and after an initial loan deal from his French club, the Gunners clinched a deal for an unknown player for just £1m. After seven years with the club, Alex Song is very much in the spotlight now. No doubt Niang’s interest in Arsenal, as of most promising youngsters, is the chance of developing under Master Wenger.

At the same time, the Gunners have reportedly withdrawn from negotiations for another talented French youngster with an aprostrophe-ied name. Yann M’Vila is apparently not on Arsenal’s radar anymore, if he ever was. With the removal of any tenuous links with one possible French midfield enforcer, the media are now speculating Arsenal are moving for another, Toulouse’s Etienne Capoue.

In my opinion, if news of cooling interest in Yann M’Vila is true, it probably has more to do with a likely deal to extend Alex Song’s contract. I do think Arsene would favour a more fluid midfield with players interchanging roles – and the Arteta/Song partnership offers just that. With Coquelin and Frimpong waiting in the wings for the defensive midfield roles, Arsenal probably need a creative midfielder more urgently – Wilshere is still recovering, Rosicky is older, Ramsey’s form not the best and the Ox is not ready for that position yet.

There isn’t much else that is newsworthy so it’s a short post today. Back tomorrow with more thoughts.

Until then.


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12 thoughts on “M’Baye, M’Vila, M’Song?

  1. Pingback: M’Baye, M’Vila, M’Song? | Arsenal News

  2. philip on said:

    Mr wenger please make sure u alwqys keep ur best legs(players)because in resent timesan arsenal has lost man impotant players.. So we †ђξ fans don’t want something of such 2 repeat it self… And concerning RVP, pleas make sure u do all in ur power 2 keep him… Thanks

  3. bacary on said:

    Dutch Side Anderlecht… ha!

  4. To be totally honest i am quite happy with the 6/7 players we have contesting the 2 hilding midfield slots. song arteta diaby wilshire ramsey frimpong coquelin. if u also consider there is lansbury henderson yennaris and a few more im happy with that. its the more advanced role where rosicky and may be arshavin are a lot older than eisfeld and aneke. i know ramsey played that role last season but as we all saw it is not his natural position. perhaps wilshire and diaby could play it and possibly lansbury. but for me i think we need a fabregas or van persie type of player in there one that would strike fear in opponents when he gets the ball as u know something is going to happen. sell rvp buy snejder

  5. Michael Ankrah on said:

    Capoue? Mmm good move ahead of others.

  6. khabs on said:

    m’villa is stuborn player

  7. Odoh peter. on said:

    We love RVP, but he has betray our trust for, I b’live arsenal is biger than jst one person, let him go eve if he choes to stay again. M’ vila will be a perfect signing 4 us. GUNNER’S.

  8. Good read as always I think Wenger may be looking a a Dm as they are a bit cheaper than really creative Mids and he may use Arteta in that creative roll

  9. Some speculations are blantantly unrealistic. Arsene Wenger doen’t do his Summer transfer business that way from all i know. Westley Snaider! Arrant nonsense. A back-up defender & a creative midfielder! Sure. Believe.

  10. Why should arsene wenger drop the bid for M.vila. Why! Why!! Why!!!.

  11. Yet again, we are not yet convinced if we are ready to compette with Manchester Clubs. In London, we lost to all except Chelsea. Mhhh

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