Why Arsenal Do Not Need Yann M’Vila by Adnan
Yann M’Vila – a French lad who we seem to have been linked with since the beginning of time. The youngster has been labeled the new Patrick Viera due to the fact they both play in the defensive midfield role, they are both French and not much else! Put his attitude problem aside he has got everything going for him. He’s only 21 and has got international caps for France under his belt and is undoubtedly talented. However the fact of the matter is that we do not need him.
After the departure of Alex Song the usual clamor for Yann increased dramatically. Every other comment on this site and others claimed that he would solve every problem Arsenal will or ever has faced. Our savior.
But how many of these fans have seen him play consistently throughout a season. And for those he did see play against Spain in the Euro’s would have noticed that Silva and Iniesta running rings around and therefore dominating the final third, where Spain feel most comfortable and execute their Tika-Taka style of play. I understand that Spain have world class player and you cannot expect a 21 year old to to completely halt the best attacking midfielders in the world, however what was worrying was the fact that M’Villa seemed to give up in the last half hour which resulted in him being substituted. This is definitely a characteristic of a player who will not survive in the EPL. The last youngster to have been claimed the next Claude Makelele never adapted to the EPL simply because of his lack of work rate. John Obi Mikel has certainly not lived up to those expectations.
As a regular viewer of French football I have noticed the 21 year old, as fan favorite tries to outdo himself. He tries to execute long, well timed through balls, carelessly. He keeps possession for too long and ignores quick, simple passes. This results in the young man losing possession on a regular basis. He also picks up silly cards, going into reckless, badly-timed tackles. Furthermore keeping possession and pressurizing the opposition is a key part of our game, and losing it consistently may have an impact on how the team performs overall.
Many fans have been hoping that Arsenal acquire M’Vila to fill the DM role that Alex Song has left empty. However, it is true that we did not play with a traditional DM as Song swapped the life of a hard- tackling shield for the back –four, for the more flashy role as a creative force. And he did it extremely successfully with an impressive 10+ assists last season due to injuries to Wilshere and lack of form for Ramsey. When he did come back to defend he was not decisive in tackles, reckless in challenges and shabby in clearing. Yes some say we conceded so many goals because of this but it really was not. You must not forget throughout the season we had Vermaelan, Mertesacker and all our full backs out with injuries. Thank god TV and PM were not on the injury tables at the same time or we would’ve had to play Squillaci or Djourou!
The game against Sunderland showed that the manager had different plans for this season then the last. He had all three midfielders acting as playmakers when we had possession however Arteta and Diaby would pull back and shield the back-four, acting as a shield. Arteta did a lovely job in the engine room with concise and precise tackles in defence and intelligent passes in midfield. He will be an integral part of our midfield if we hope to achieve any success this year. When Arsene Wenger said we are in the market for a DM I do not think he meant a traditional DM like Mascherano for Barca but someone like Sahin and Song- creative players who will always come to shield the centre halves.
Yann is definitely a talent and will be class and a great addition to our team; however he is simply not needed. Yes he would add depth and class to the team but with our current model in midfield and our current batch of midfielders he would simply not fit in. It’s a shame the Sahin deal did not go through because he could have easily replaced the hole which Alex Song left. But who knows, Diaby might excel in that role if I he is given the time to find form and if he does not get injured!! Let’s see what Arsene Wenger chooses to do!