Emirates move on the cards for Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.
Arsene Wenger has chosen Montpellier’s French international defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa as the man to solve Arsenal’s defensive frailties, according to the Sunday People.
Wenger started the restructuring of his backline last week when shipping Swiss defender Johan Djourou out on loan to Bundesliga side Hannover and Sebastien Squillaci is expect to join him through the exit door during the January transfer window.
And the Arsenal boss is ready to make Yanga-Mbiwa, available for around £3.5million, the man to replace them as he looks to find a dominating centre-back to add some solidity to a defence which has proved leaky at time this season.
Wenger has been unsure of his best defensive pairing with Djourou, Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen all tried in various combinations without success as Arsenal have continued to ship soft goals.
But the 23-year-old Yanga-Mbiwa, who has played three times for France and who is equally comfortable at right-back or in the heart of defence, is the man Wenger wants to sign from the French champions during the January transfer window.
Wenger had a bid turned down for Yanga-Mbiwa by Montpellier during the summer, but he is ready to return with an improved offer. Olivier Giroud did complete the switch from Montpellier to Arsenal during the summer and has scored nine times in 26 games for the Gunners.
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