Arsenal may finally land Yann M’Vila in the summer transfer window after it emerged the France international is likely to be made available to interested parties at the end of the season.

Links between Arsenal and M’Vila go back a couple of years, and it appeared a near certainty that the midfielder would move to north London from Rennes. It was, however, Rubin Kazan who won the race for his supposedly coveted signature.

It is now claimed by the Daily Express that M’Vila has been deemed surplus to requirements by manager Rinat Bilyaletdinov and, somewhat predictably, Arsenal is now mentioned as a potential destination for the 23-year-old.

Central midfield would not appear to be an area in which the Gunners are in desperate need of reinforcements given the number of players available in these positions, although Arsene Wenger may be tempted to explore the possibility of recruiting M’Vila.

The defensive midfielder has seen his star plummet somewhat since his initial links to Arsenal, with M’Vila enduring a difficult time both at club and international level. While he is unwanted at Rubin Kazan, M’Vila is still serving an 18-month ban with France after an unauthorised night out while on under-21 duty.