It’s been revealed Arsenal came close to signing Yann M’Vila before his move to Sunderland, and the agent of Corinthians striker Alexandre Pato is back in the headlines after shopping his client’s talents around.Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke to the club’s official website prior to Saturday’s 3-1 defeat of the Black Cats, proclaiming his side were close to a deal for M’Vila while he was still at Rennes .He was a very young, promising midfielder and we were interested in him. But the year we wanted to bring him in, they did not want to sell him. He had a few off-the-field problems but it looks like now he’s stabilised and he’s of course a very good player who is a regular player in the national team in France.M’Vila left the Ligue 1 outfit for Rubin Kazan in 2013 before moving to the Stadium of Light this past summer on a season-long loan deal.
Arsenal could certainly do with a holding midfielder of his profile following the injury suffered by Francis Coquelin and with no recognised replacement to fill his boots.Santi Carlozi recently joined Coquelin, Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere and Tomas Rosicky on the treatment table, and Wenger is now desperate to keep Aaron Ramsey and Mathieu Flamini fit as a first-choice midfield tandem.The Gunners may lust after the depth they might have boasted had Rennes chosen to sell, but there could be a chance M’Vila appears back on the north Londoners’ radar following his loan in the north east. According to the report, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has already been in contact with Corinthians director of football Edu Gaspar to negotiate a deal, with his side in need of attacking options in January.
Theo Walcott made his return to the Gunners side as a second-half substitute in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Sunderland following just over a month out with injury, but Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck remain sidelined.