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Arsenal Line Up January Move for French International Pair: Wenger Prepares Contingency Plans

Emirates Stadium boss prepares swoop for Ligue 1 duo.

Arsenal are reportedly considering January moves to sign French international pair Yann M’Vila and Mathieu Debuchy as Arsene Wenger considers moves to strengthen his squad when the transfer window re-opens.

The Ligue 1 based pair were both high up on his Gunners wish-list but he was unable to convince his board to fund bids significant enough to snap up the duo but has apparently reached agreement to secure funding for the signings dependent on how his North London side are faring by the mid-way point in the season.

Wenger is said to be keen to strengthen his defensive options and has earmarked a move for Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy, who was strongly linked with a move to Newcastle United throughout the summer transfer window. The Arsenal boss is concerned that an injury crisis similar to that which reeked havoc on his defence could once again scupper his side’s chances of ending a seven year long silverware drought.

The 27 year old French international impressed during the Euro 2012 finals and had appeared set to join the Magpies but a deal could not be thrashed out and since Newcastle United contract rebel Danny Simpson has now agreed a new deal it would seem that Alan Pardew is unlikely to re-open moves to sign the one club man in January.

Wenger has once again had to turn on inexperienced youngster Carl Jenkinson to fill the right-back berth and given that Bacary Sagna has suffered two broken legs in the past 18 months a move to bring in another experienced defensive option could be a wise one to consider.

Arsene Wenger spent a large portion of the summer trying to complete a deal to sign Rennes enforcer Yann M’Vila but a combination of an ever increasing asking price and wage demands led to a move for the French international collapsing. The 22 year old remains at his Ligue 1 side and is said to be unhappy about the way his side dealt with interest shown in his services.

The Arsenal boss will look to re-ignite interest in M’Vila if he feels his side still lacks a steely edge. The departure of Alex Song left the Emirates Stadium light on tough tackling options for the centre of the park. Thus far Abou Diaby has impressed with a series of consistent performances but Wenger is still keen on beefing up numbers and has long been an admirer of defensive midfielder M’Vila and will look to re-open talks to sign the Amiens born youngster.

Wenger successfully trimmed away some deadwood from his squad with Carlos Vela sold to Real Sociedad and Nicklas Bendtner, Park Chu-Young and Denilson all loaned out for the season and unlikely to return to the club. Andrei Arshavin may also be offloaded on a free transfer as the French boss looks to cut the club’s wage bill.

Overall Arsenal have recouped more from player sales than was used to bring in new signings Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud and this leaves Wenger able to plan for future additions if he feels it necessary to do so when the transfer window re-opens on January 1st.


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