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French Stopper Claims He Rejected Arsenal Move

French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has revealed he rejected a proposal from Arsenal because he had his heart set on a move to AC Milan, according to Sky Sports.

Despite the British transfer window being closed, there is always transfer gossip doing the rounds in the papers and we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest news during the coming months. Today, a French defender claims he turned down Arsenal.


French defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa has revealed he rejected a proposal from Arsenal because he had his heart set on a move to AC Milan, according to Sky Sports.

The Montpellier ace has become one of the most coveted defenders in Ligue 1 after another excellent season, captaining the side en route to an unlikely league title last season.

Italian giants AC Milan were thought to be close to signing the centre-back in a €6million (£4.75m) deal but the move was blocked by Montpellier chairman Louis Nicollin at the last minute, despite agreeing with the player that he could leave this summer.

Arsenal were also linked with the versatile stopper but it appears their move was snubbed due to Mbiwa’s desire to move to the San Siro.

“The chairman told me I have an agreement to leave.

“AC Milan came for me. But the chairman refused the offer. So I understood it would be difficult.

“Arsenal came to make an attempt. But I was focused on something else [AC Milan]. I was disappointed when I understood it could not be sorted out with Milan.

“The chairman is our boss, our godfather, the one who educated us and gave us an opportunity. We have to show respect.”

Mbiwa is quoted as saying by Sky Sports

Arsene Wenger hinted he would like to add a defender and a midfielder to his squad before the transfer window shut last month, but the Gunners failed to sign any new faces – much to the disappointment of many fans.

But it seems Wenger was trying to make moves in the market, if Mbiwa’s claims are accurate, but wasn’t able to secure his targets.

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  1. OnDGooner

    September 6, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Mbi who? He can get lost!

  2. saboo a corper

    September 6, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    To hell with mbia who know’s him as a player. TV and KOS is better than him.

  3. Adah Emma

    September 6, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    When u hav players running their mouth in the public domain of what was possibly termed secret it gives me cause for concern. I’ll advise the boy to keep quite if his agent misled him about an Arsenal’s interest. Arsenal is seen as one of the best things to hav happenend to football, so virtually every agent associates his client ,of which this boy is among, with Arsenal so that an interested buyer will think he is good and deserve more money.

  4. Zubi zalyata

    September 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm


    • Gooner

      September 6, 2012 at 10:41 pm

      Why insult Arsenal, then follow with – COYG? Mbiwa wouldn’t get in the team.

  5. David Wesson

    September 7, 2012 at 7:08 am

    I would be happy to add a proven defender to the team but I would of been happier if song & RVP had left also

  6. peterson mwara

    September 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

    i think mbiwa don deserve us, we av great squad

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