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Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners To Miss Out On £9.5m Capoue?

Arsenal will have to fight off competition from Barcelona to land £9.5m-rated Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue, while the Catalans are also in for Yann M’Vila

With the summer transfer window in full swing, Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news throughout the summer. Today, Arsenal face a fight with Barcelona to land Etienne Capoue.

Etienne Capoue

Arsenal will have to fight off competition from Barcelona to land £9.5m-rated Toulouse midfielder Etienne Capoue, according to talkSPORT.

The report claims that Gunners manager Arsene Wenger has identified Capoue as a transfer target after going cold on Rennes ace Yann M’Vila due to the players disciplinary issues.

However, the Frenchman may have to do battle with Spanish giants Barcelona after new boss Tito Vilanova identified both Capoue and M’Vila as possible replacements for Seydou Keita, who left the Nou Camp to join Chinese side Dalian Aerbin this summer.

Barca have limited finds available to strengthen the squad this summer and could therefore move for Capoue as he will cost a lot less that M’Vila, who is rated at around £20m by his club.

This will not go down well in north London as Wenger is desperate to add a defensive-minded midfielder to his squad this summer and the 23-year-old was high on the Arsenal supremos wish list.

Football Talk Verdict

Many Arsenal fans still hope that Wenger can do a deal for M’Vila but if reports are accurate and we’ve pulled out of the race to sign the Rennes enforcer, then Capoue would be a good alternative.

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The problem now is that Barcelona have their eye on the pair and it’s going to be difficult to compete with the Catalans. The good news is they won’t sign both of them, so we may have to target the one Barca don’t sign!

Who would you like Wenger to sign? M’Vila or Capoue? Get involved in the comments section.



  1. bod

    July 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    m’vila all the way!

  2. arsenal-steve

    July 10, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    I feel so sad. Arsenal are so slow in taking on good players. Last year we could have hd Juan Mata, but slow slouchy business meant we missed the chance to buy him sing his conract clause. Instead Chelsea bought him. We could have bought Capoue by now. Wenger…make him an offer. The clubs meaness and slowness rebounds to damage us. Our club ambitions have lessend and we are like a giant fossilised monolith. Be proactive Arsenal! And don’t pay shit players like Squillaci, Chamakh and Djourou such big money that they are happy sitting on their arses, and we can’t sell because no one else will pay them £70,000,000 a weak for bveing useless…extraordinary.

  3. nabongo

    July 10, 2012 at 1:13 pm


  4. Caleb

    July 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    M’villa is d bst 4 u wenga should go 4 him pls

  5. Gooner Rob

    July 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    M’Vila for me. Attitude problems? Didnt Anelka, Viera and RVP have attitude problems at one point in time. Wenger will get the best out of him and apparently he wants to play for Arsenal which is fine by me considering some players(yeah RVP i’m looking at you) don’t want to

  6. mohammed

    July 10, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    arsenal fine another 1 and 4get abt RVP

  7. Bob A

    July 10, 2012 at 2:28 pm

    I would take M’Vila every time, I know he is more expensive, but surely like most things in life you have to pay more for better quality. I think there as been an agreement in place for some time now albiet verbal. I also dont think the naughties done recently would put AW off, as I am sure if one person can put this guy straight is AW.

  8. Makur

    July 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm

    Mvila is the better player that wenger should go for.

  9. Tkd ward

    July 10, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    Mvila is better but AW was with France in the euros and he knows what happened in the Franch camp so we dont know 😕

  10. Tkd ward

    July 10, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    Mvila is better but AW was with France in the euros and he knows what happened in the Franch camp so we dont know

  11. bc

    July 10, 2012 at 11:22 pm

    barca are now said to be switching their attention to javi martinez clearing the way for arsenal. they intend to raise the extra cash by selling adriano and affellay

  12. samuel olubobola

    July 11, 2012 at 10:45 am

    up gunners!arsen wenger shud sign both of dem

  13. Ronney

    July 11, 2012 at 11:16 am

    We should get Mvila, bcoz waiting like last time n than pay what ever price the other team wants. i feel he is better in behaviour than man city mario baotelli, n still the manger keeps him why?????

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