Just who is the £3.5m Montpellier star being lined up by Arsenal?


Several media sources have reported that Arsene Wenger is looking to provide extra cover at centre-back after ridding the Gunners of Squillaci and Djourou. It seems the cavalry will the come in the form of Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa. But who is this mystery player and what can he bring to the North London club? On-ball defence Mbiwa is relatively short but incredibly mobile for a centre-back (in fact he can play across the whole defence quite comfortably) and enjoys getting involved. This season he has made on average 8 clearances, 3 interceptions and 2 tackles a game. Mbiwa‘s basic defensive action breakdown This could be vital for an Arsenal defence often accused of dithering instead of getting rid when under intense pressure. With great mobility comes great responsability Mbiwa has made 168 appearances for Montpellier and the 23 year old seized the opportunity to wear the captain’s armband for…

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