Arsenal Transfer News: Yann M'Vila's Latest Comments Poor Sign for Gunners

Steven Cook@@stevencookinFeatured Columnist IVAugust 12, 2012

DONETSK, UKRAINE - JUNE 23:  Yann M'Vila of France crosses the ball during the UEFA EURO 2012 quarter final match between Spain and France at Donbass Arena on June 23, 2012 in Donetsk, Ukraine.  (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
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Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila has long been linked to a potential move to Arsenal, but his latest comments are far from good news for the Gunners. 

The Arsenal target told this to's Gill Clark in a report on Sunday, saying that he's in no rush to leave his French club:

If I must stay another year or more, I will stay. If I must go, that's life. But if I stay here, I will be 100 percent concentrated.

I must play good matches. While I am here, I am [at] the disposal of the coach and I must do the best possible. The transfer window ends on September 4, so I will not lose my head.

For what seemed like a done deal before Euro 2012, could this be indicating doubt that something could happen by the end of the transfer window?

Arsenal have already enjoyed a busy summer, bringing in Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla. But they haven't been pursuing M'Vila for nothing.

M'Vila's latest comments aren't too convincing and could be, in supporting his current club, a bit of showmanship. But with the Alex Song saga playing out, he may be noticing that the window is quickly closing. Reality could be sinking in that a move might be unlikely to happen at this point and could have to wait until next offseason.

M'Vila would add to an already strong midfield at the Emirates, and would arguably be the best defensive midfielder on the roster. His ability to use his size and strength is much appreciated, and would greatly boost Arsenal's defensive prowess.

If Arsenal end up losing Alex Song, one of their best defensive players, getting M'Vila is a must if they're going to have real aspirations of competing for a Premier League title. 

The future of Robin van Persie is in limbo for Arsenal, and making a move for a defensive-minded player like M'Vila would be in the best interests of their chances to keep their captain.

RVP has been noticeably unimpressed by Arsenal's summer, despite the fact that they've added some attacking midfielders and goal-scoring talent. Perhaps a move to bolster the back line of the team would be more enticing. 


Steven Cook is a TNT breaking news writer and Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter to chat about all things soccer.