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Transfer News: Arsenal Lead Chelsea In Race For French Defender

Arsenal are leading Chelsea in the race for Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa who is set for a move after the French side crashed out of the Champions League

Despite the 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, Arsenal and Chelsea are linked with Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.


Arsenal are leading Chelsea in the race to sign Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, according to the Metro.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-term admirer of the defenders and tried to land him in the summer, but the defender decided to remain with Montpellier and lead the club out in the Champions League this season.

However, having been drawn in the same group as Arsenal, the Ligue 1 champions have crashed out at the first hurdle and Wenger is set to renew his interest in January.

Chelsea and AC Milan have also shown interest in the 23-year-old but the Gunners are believed to be the front-runners and enjoy a good relationship with Montpellier after signing Olivier Giroud in the summer.

The French outfit were adamant they wouldn’t let Yanga-Mbiwa leave while they were still competing in the Champions League, but after finishing bottom of Group B they don’t even have Europa League action to look forward to in the New Year, opening the door for a potential January exit.

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The Metro claim Yanga-Mbia has refused to rule out a move and with Arsenal likely to sell Johan Djourou and Sebastien Squillaci when the transfer window opens next month, the versatile French defender would be a useful addition to Wenger’s squad.

Would you like Yanga-Mbiwa at your club? Get involved in the comments section.



  1. Akeem Abdulkareem Lanre

    December 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    This guy can be a useful addition to our squad when you consider his versatility as a player, he can play anywhere across the backline. He is strong and very physical as a defender, he has confident to hold the ball and attack at the right time. Pls wenger act fast even though, majority of the fans are calling for u to be sacked including me but at the moment, u are still the manager of the team.

  2. Victor

    December 6, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    That will be correct signing definitely, i thought Arsenal was going to sing him In August and was suprised they did not, he can be aperfect replacement for Song

  3. mahdi

    December 6, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    Yes. I tink Arsenal need such a player, He can be a gud replacement for Alex Song. GO GUNNERZ!!!!!!!!

  4. winner

    December 6, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    He is a very good player. I actually want him to come and play defensive link, and release Arteta to play his favoured position.

  5. chris from Cambridge

    December 6, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    It almost does not matter who we sign if the Manager does not have a formula to bring the best out of them .. and he doesn’t !!

  6. Ambangile from Dar es salaam Tanzania.

    December 6, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    OMG! Mbiwa for arsenal? will be a good adition.

  7. j

    December 6, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Would be a great addition! Wenger should also look into selling Santos, and perhaps purchasing Baines. Wanyama, Reina and Huntelaar would also be great signings.

  8. Taiwo oriyomi

    December 6, 2012 at 3:43 pm

    This guy would be a better good to our squad especially in our holding midfielder if arsene wenger can bring out money to him.i can’t wait to see yanga mbiwa in an arsenal jersey

  9. Taiwo oriyomi

    December 6, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    This guy would be a better good to our squad especially in our holding midfielder if arsene wenger can bring out money to him.i can’t wait to see y mbiwa in an arsenal jersey

  10. Taiwo oriyomi

    December 6, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    This guy would be a better good to our squad especially in our holding midfielder if arsene wenger can bring out money to him.

  11. Patrick Ssekatawa

    December 6, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    He’s definitely one of the most talented footballers in Europe. Tough, physical, very good on the ball and very comfortable both in defense and in midfield, as shown in the two games we played Montpellier. If I were Wenger, I would pay top dollar to land him to play central midfield, as well as in defense in case of injuries and suspensions. Him, Huntelaar and Adrian Lopez would must-buys for me, if we are to resurrect our season.

  12. Shanshy

    December 6, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Too many defenders,why not Chelsea go for Fellaini and Hamsik?

  13. Goonerboyo

    December 6, 2012 at 7:06 pm

    No brainer. If he wants to come and is available, he should be bought. Could be the CDM we need as well but must sell or loan Squillaci and Djourou too.
    Needs to be certain of a starting place after all he is the club captain at Monpellier!

  14. Bongomin Robert Donald

    December 7, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    AW is killing arsenal, he has been linked to bring soooooooooooooo many players but whoa he ended up by letting our rivals to snap them under his long nose. the board should act first by chucking this manager,
    we the fans are tired of his excuses

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