Not Again – Arsenal Make Last Minute Move For Yanga-Mbiwa?


There has been news over the weekend that Newcastle have agreed an €8M fee with Montpelier for French international defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, and the Frenchman is due to fly in to discuss personal terms and hopefully have a medical.

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Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa – will Arsenal move for him at the last minute?

But guess what – there are rumors that Arsenal may make a last minute move for the Frenchman – and we know they’ve been interested in him for a while now,  and we mentioned their interest over the weekend.

Didn’t something like that happen with a certain player from Marseilles who ended up at QPR last week?

And let’s face it Newcastle do not have the drawing power of an Arsenal – although we thought we had a lot more of it than that small club in London.

Yanga-Mbiwa is only 23, and he has proved himself a good and versatile defender who can play anywhere across the back four – and would be a great acquisition for Newcastle.

But like Newcastle, Arsenal have been looking closely at the three times capped French International for over a year now – and the story is being reported in the Daily Mirror – and it could even be credible.

And it seems anything is possible in this transfer market, given what happened a week ago with Loic Remy.

And the news that the Frenchman is a replacement for Coloccini, and who will therefore leave the club tomorrow, doesn’t hold too much water – since we were going after a center-back last summer, never mind just in January.

And if another disaster happens – and Colo is allowed to leave the club – heaven forbid – then we need to bring in another center-back – but whether we can do that in January is rather doubtful.

This story could simply be made up – because of Arsenal’s definite interest in Yanga-Mbiwa in the past – but it’s up to Newcastle to not get gazumped for a second time in just over a week, and we need to get this guy over the line as soon as possible.

Another transfer loss like Loic Remy would be another disaster for Newcastle in January.

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219 comments so far

  • NUFC STEVE

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Comment #1

    This isn’t true Wenger buying a CB unlikely?? Plus he said already they won’t do nout in January.

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #2

    Re-post

    m just saying, he has enough experience as a player and knows about having a healthy team environment, his success as a manager dictates that.

    Lets look at Brendan Rodgers, didnt have much experience as a manager. Coached Watford, Reading in a space of a year, Went to Swansea, got them promoted and secured their survival in the PL. Went to L’pool, see how well they are doing.

    Some managers have the ‘IT” factor and Paul Tisdale is one of the rare ones

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  • hadthetshirt

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #3

    Fear the worst again,will only smile when they lift the shirt up.
    Rumour flying around here in Esh in tun pardew walked???

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  • GAZ09

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Pretty certain he is having a medical with NUFC tomorrow

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #5

    They have mertesacker koscielny vermaalen, cnt remember if they have any other cb’

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #6

    Dont think Arsenal will hijack this transfer. If they do, they we are doomed

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  • pbandj

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    Comment #7

    Common, we can’t start crying everytime someone goes for one of our transfer targets. Remy had been closely watched by Arry for ages. The same is the case for Arsenal-Mbiwa, its the agents jobs to stimulate competition for a player and we can only do so much. Even Nufc have tried to hijack transfers just 2 years ago when we tried to get ruiz over the line after he was pretty much wrapped up by fulham. Thats just how the cookie crumbles. We are going for one of frances most highly rated young defenders of course there will be competition!

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  • Zero

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #8

    In all fairneess the gunners have been tracking him just as long as us, same goes for most of our french striker targets

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  • Eddie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Any news on Pardew’s sacking? Can’t believe it’s taking so long.

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #10

    @5

    Kieran Gibbs and Andre Santos

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  • NUFC STEVE

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #11

    #pardewout I’m agreed but not sure how many wud like to come cos of transfer budgets and selling policiy. On the other hand massive following, great stadium and facilities and a squad all fit that should be top 8-9.(BA gone)
    BLANC and MATTEO wud be nice Blanc preferrably Matteo had a woeful defense with brom. Wouldn’t mind Lucien Favre or wud be over the moon if we could tempt Frank De Boer.(unlikely).

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #12

    Im glad we didnt sign Gervinho. Wouldve been a waste of money

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  • Zero

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:12 AM

    Comment #13

    Gervinho doesnt know when/how to pass, hes a more skillful version Obertan

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  • NUFC STEVE

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #14

    Think the best ashely will do tho is curbishley. Which probably is an improvement on pardew.

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  • banjax

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Comment #15

    Oh dear Ed – a panicky editorial again. Yet the BBC are tweeting Mbia is due for a medical at St. James today (Monday) Go and have a lie down Ed. Stay cool man !
    PS If anyone from the Club are reading this – how about a total news blackout on transfers – just let us know when you’ve signed somebugger eh !

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  • Eddie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #16

    Glad to hear Paul Tisdale linked. It’ll be good to have someone in charge who can string a thought together.

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  • Zero

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Are people not worried about what they are learning in training? how many corners do we earn, and how many do we score….. on the opposite side aswell how many goals have we let in from corners or deep crosses…

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  • Zero

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    Comment #18

    @banjax, several people from the club have said, its almost impossible to keep a ”blackout” on a transfer due to agents trying to up the price. Although if they moved swiftly earlier in the window with decent offers both price and wages then i think we could have bagged our targets with ease

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  • NUFC STEVE

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:19 AM

    Comment #19

    True ZERO that’s why we want him out. Also add bad formation, style of play and team selection and you have a brief description of pardwhos main qualities

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  • Zero

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #20

    has pards been sacked from every manager job hes had?

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  • Eddie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #21

    Btw Zero, why are you glad we didn’t sign a more skillful version of Obertan?

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  • hadthetshirt

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:24 AM

    Comment #22

    I wanted Curbishley and we got pard who.Now I think it;s crazy If we sack him.We gotta stick together,time for him to go is summer not now.
    All this crap for Zola and Di Matteo is crap,if we change we need Le Blanc,the other 2 no way.

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  • Zero

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #23

    because id rarther have neither, personally i think obertan is one of around 4-5 ”purple” players that need shipping out, add that to our lack of ‘decent’ youth players/benchers and its pretty bloody bleak on our squad front. But if i was to choose id take Gervo over Obertan, im not sure how much either cost so, can i truely compare them??

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  • NUFC_LEAZES END

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #24

    @9
    I meant just CB

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  • Eddie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #25

    Curbishley? You wanted him?

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  • Eddie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:27 AM

    Comment #26

    Zero – fair enough. Does Obertan count as a “purple”? We’re f*cked if he does!

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  • hadthetshirt

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #27

    Why not?? did well with no money and top chep

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  • toonLYF

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #28

    He would be the signing of the window. He is absolutely immense, along with Raphael Varane i’d say he one of the best centre back prospects in europe.

    He is so good technically at football, you could see him being a terrific midfielder aswell, but his incredible maturity and knowledge of the game gives him a rare edge over other young centre backs. Special player i reckon.

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  • Eddie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #29

    Zero – fair enough. Does Obertan count as a “purple”? Were f**ked if he does!

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  • nick_9

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #30

    Zero – I wonder all the time. Set pieces are poor, still making defensive errors, standard of play hasn’t approved. We played good pass and move football in several games over Christmas but since Ba left the link up hasn’t been as good. We don’t have goals in the team and rarely practice shooting in the warm up befor the game when other teams do.

    Reading 2 shots on goal and 2 goals, I witnessed the whole team spend ten minutes shooting before the game. We only has cisse and only him, cabaye and obertan hit the target.

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  • Zero

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Comment #31

    Le blanc is a really good manager, but you need to look at this objectively, him and HBA dont get along… hes lost total control over dressing rooms before.

    De Matteo has his ear bent too much by the players, could end up with a bad situation, plus he’ll most likely want a decent budget to sign players with.

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  • Eddie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #32

    hts – mmm, not sure. Maybe i just don’t like to think of our club in the same way as Charlton Athletic. Maybe i’m “deluded”.

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  • Zero

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #33

    @Eddie, Obertan i dont think is a purple, but he is one of Pards signings and one of his favs so i think that lifts him to purple status, similar situation with guti.. no way should he be purple but he his…

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  • RonVanDam

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:35 AM

    Comment #34

    @Zero – 16

    I bet they are assigned special training programmes at Benton. Oberton on Sprints and Jona’s runs a marathon around the grounds

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  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #35

    I was just reading about Curbishley when he joined West Ham. He insisted that his contract contained a clause saying that he would have the final say of who left and came into the club. The club subsequently sold players without asking him -he left and took them to court for “constructive dismissal”. He won and was awarded £2.2 million. I doubt whether Percy Parsnip has such a clause in his contract somehow.

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  • hadthetshirt

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    Comment #36

    Oh and not a puppett either.I knew we were not gonna get Mourinho,Guardiola ,Blanc,,Scolari,Hiddink,Van Gaal,or Hizfeld,not dreaming but Curbs did a good job.Also knows more about tic tacs,or is that tactics than pard who

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  • Zero

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:37 AM

    Comment #37

    @32 RonVanDam

    i know for a fact that aint true, guti is always blindfolded before hes set loose running so he can truely run ‘aimlessly’ and free lol

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  • Eddie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    Comment #38

    To be honest, i don’t like to focus on players’ limitations. Obertan surely could improve/become more aggressive and Jonas, well, he’s been exemplary up until this season – maybe his legs have gone, not sure, but he’s certainly given to the cause.

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  • hadthetshirt

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #39

    Eddie just trying to be realistic mate.We all have opinions.I would hate another Joke in here kinda guy.Hence I feel sacking pard who bad move just now.If ashley sacked him who do you think he would get.It will be cheap and nasty that’s for sure.

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  • Eddie

    Jan 21, 2013 at 1:41 AM

    Comment #40

    All this Curbs talk is making me nervous.

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