Arsenal longterm target Yann M’Vila may be set to stay at Rennes this as no bid have been launched as of yet, however there has been contact with the club believed to be from the Gunners and the Spuds. There is more bad news on the transfer front as the talented young French striker M’Baye Niang will not be heading to North London, as he recently signed for Italian giants AC Milan.
Meanwhile Arsenal academy graduate Henri Lansbury has ended a long thirteen year stint with the club as he sealed a permanent move to Championship side Nottingham Forest.
Firstly onto M’Vila. The defensive midfielder has been on Gooner’s wishlists for awhile now, and after the departure of Alex Song it seemed inevitable that Wenger would make a move for the French international that he has expressed his admiration for in the past.
The long running transfer saga has grown hot and cold all summer, but it seemed that Arsenal were in pole position for the highly rated midfielder’s signature with AVB of the Spuds stating he is perusing an attacking option rather than a defensive. It seems that Wenger is biding his time before launching a formal bid for the 21-year-old as Rennes sporting director Pierre Dreossi has stated that there is ‘nothing big to report’, however they are hoping he will remain.
He told France Football:
There is nothing big to report. We’ve had some contact, but nothing more than that. The more we go on, the more we can think [that he’ll stay].
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Now, as I’ve been saying for a long time, we will know whether Yann will eventually leave in the final week [of the market].
If Yann stays, all the better, and we’d be a bit stronger with him than without him.
You really never know with Arsene Wenger’s transfer negotiation methods, I will just assume that he’s plotting his usual last minute bargain buy approach and M’Vila will in fact be a Gunner at 11.59pm on Friday, fingers crossed as he’s exactly what we need!
Now onto Niang who actually had a successful trial at Arsenal earlier on in the summer and was expected to be bought but Wenger to boost his attacking options and develop another rising youngster.
But now the 17-year-old has joined AC Milan on a three-year contract and is expected to be part of their first team straight away, leaving Le Professeur kicking himself after Niang’s previous club Caen rejected a bid from the Gunners manager. Maybe after a season or two with Milan Wenger could try and pinch him after he gains some more top tier experience.
Finally, Arsenal.com have revealed Henri Lansbury has joined Nottingham Forest on a permanent deal for a low fee believed to be around the £1m mark.
The 21-year-old England U-21 international has struggled to hold down a place in the Gunners first team, making only eight appearances for the senior side and was consequently sent on loan last season to Championship side West Ham United, helping them gain promotion to the top flight.
It is a shame to see a youngster depart who has committed so much of his life to Arsenal, spending a total of 13 years with the North London side, however it is clear Wenger doesn’t see the Englishman in his long term plans and he never managed to impress during his limited senior appearances. He was not a starter for West Ham last season despite some impressive performances (and a stint in goal!) and also a stunning goal for the U-21 side, but it is best for both parties that he moves on.
Good luck Lansbury!