Arsenal midfielder hoped for M'Vila signing

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Despite a late flurry of signings on deadline day, Andrey Arshavin can't help but feel Arsenal missed a trick by not bringing Yann M'Vila to the Emirates Stadium.

The Gunners had made a concerted effort to sign the Rennes midfielder prior to the close of the transfer window, but were claimed to have to put off the Ligue 1 club's exorbitant price tag.

And, says Arshavin, it was a shame Arsenal were unable to secure the services of another holding player, with the Russian particularly keen on M'Vila.

"Perhaps another holding midfielder wouldn't hurt and, as far as I know, we were trying till the last minute to get M'Vila, but unfortunately we weren't able to buy him," said the Arsenal midfielder.


Although Arsenal did not strike a deal for M'Vila, the transfer window proved particularly fruitful for Arsene Wenger, following the departures from north London of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

Park Chu-Young, Andre Santos, Per Mertesacker, Yossi Benayoun and Mikel Arteta all signed for Arsenal in the final days of summer, and Arshavin expects to see some changes to the team dynamic going forward.

He added: "Judging by the quantity and quality of our signings, Arsenal's football will soon undergo some changes."

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