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Arsenal Ready To Battle Chelsea For £8m French Midfield Enforcer

Arsenal are set to battle it out with London rivals Chelsea for the signature of young French midfielder Gilbert Imbula – who’s valued at £8 million by his club

With the January transfer window now open for business we’ll be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer gossip. Today, Arsenal and Chelsea are linked with a French midfielder.

Arsenal are ready to battle it out with Chelsea for the signature of young French midfielder Gilbert Imbula, according to the Daily Mail.

The 20-year-old has been in impressive form for French Ligue 2 side Guigamp over the past few years after making his debut shortly after his 17th birthday.

The Metro reported last week that scouts from Arsenal and Chelsea have been keeping a close eye on the youngster this season, but the European champions were understood to have stolen a march on their London rivals and were already in talks to try and tie up a deal.

However, the Daily Mail are claiming today that Arsene Wenger is ready to go head-to-head with the Blues to land the powerful defensive midfielder, who’s understood to be valued at £8m by his club.

Imbula stands at 6 foot 1 inches and has an aggressive style of play so should have no trouble coping with the physical nature of the Premiership if he does end up coming to England.

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I must admit I know little else about the player but I can only assume that if Arsenal or Chelsea do manage to lure him to London, they will regard him as one for the future. Imbula is highly unlikely to be ready to step up from playing in the French second division to be considered a first team regular in the Premier League.

If Arsene Wenger or Rafa Benitez are in the market for a defensive midfielder, I feel there are better options out there such as Yann M’Vila or Etienne Capoue. Both are slightly older and more experienced than Imbula and would be ready to challenge for a first team spot immediately.

Who would you like your team to sign this month? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. Macramon Obi

    January 19, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Wenger should go and get M’vila first before signing any young star,we need a more mature defensive midfielder

  2. john

    January 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Saw Imbula playing for EAG Guingamp twice last year. Good box to box player, physical & technical. Good passer of the ball & quick.
    Highly rated within his club & France.
    Definitely a very good prospect that is coming from a club that plays football.
    EAG Guingamp brought through their academy & 1st team the likes of Drogba, Malouda, Jean Piere Papin etc to name but a few.

  3. Faizel

    January 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Coquelin is the answer.The midfield that Wenger played on wednesday is the answer.

  4. Ade samuel

    January 19, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I think arsenal should go for more better experience player in the like of M!villa, Capoune, Diame etc rather than a young player of inbular and more so M!Villa will also cost the same as this younster or Mo. Diame is even lesser and the premiership experience it will better.

  5. Toye

    January 19, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I dont think that he goat called wenger will sign any player again. He has lay his hope diabi now, i knw him very well, he wont sign a player again.

  6. Kabiru musa

    January 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Wenger you have to buy a defence midfielder and a best attacker before transfer window close!

  7. Sanusi nurudeen

    January 19, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    Go buy dem all

  8. Femipemisire

    January 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Wenger should sign mvila first

  9. adedayo yemitan

    January 19, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    AW is the problem of arsenal get a qualities players and not the unknown players that refree will not favour us,your cv is going from glory to shame.

  10. Adeiza o. Ibrahim

    January 19, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Wel i tink wenger shud go 4 M’vila or he shud using coquilin insead of Ramsey.

  11. Adeiza o. Ibrahim

    January 19, 2013 at 8:58 pm

    I think wenger should go for M’vila or Diame and he should be using coquilin instead of Ramsey.

  12. Yusuf ibrahim

    January 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Chelsea fc should go for brazilian mildfider William of shaktar donest he is most experince player who is willing to play for chelsea fc,he had play alot of roll against chelsea during uefa champions league group stage,i will advise if chelsea need defencive mildfider i think williams should be the answer for now.

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