June 24, 2012
Did you watch the match last night?
What did you think of M’Vila?
A quick scout of the social networks suggests many Gooners are a bit disappointed with our prospective new signing. But a lot of that disappointment seems to be centred around the fact that he didn’t go charging around the pitch, sliding into tackles, rampaging through the middle and generally striking fear into the hearts of all men. He just sat there in front of the back four.
I thought that was exactly what we were looking for in a defensive midfielder?
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard it said that we’d concede a lot fewer goals if Alex Song just maintained his discipline and provided a wall in front of his defence instead of charging about all over the place. Here is a player who does exactly that.
Admittedly he struggled somewhat to stamp his mark on the game early on (although I felt he came into it it much more in the second half) but then he was playing against Spain a team who will pass and pass and pass and just wait for the opposition to make a mistake. In fact, had M’Vila gone charging around hunting for the ball chances are he would have left gaps which Spain would have immediately exploited. In fact, for all their possession they actually created very little. The amount that M’Vila was responsible for that was shown when, chasing a late equaliser, he was removed for Giroud and immediately France looked a whole lot more vulnerable.
He didn’t see a lot of the ball himself but when he did it was noticeable what a good range of passing he has. I didn’t see the stats but I don’t remember him giving the ball away and he mixed up very simple short passing with raking cross field balls and even a couple of defence splitters, one of which very nearly put Ribery in for an equaliser.
I’m not saying his performance blew me away, I’m just saying that a player like that in a match like last night’s was never going to. I was quietly impressed.
While I’m sure there are some more fashionable, headline grab-y names that we could go for, I know that we’ve been tracking M’Vila for a long time so Le Boss will know what he can do. Laurent Koscielny wasn’t exactly welcomed with bunting and street parties when he was signed but he was probably France’s best player last night, was named man of the match on French TV and (partly due to his omission up to that point) will surely now be recognised as one of the top centre backs in the world.
Let’s see how it goes with M’Vila.
With France now out we can expect that deal to be completed (if as so many ITKs seem to be claiming it is definitely happening) in the next couple of weeks. Giroud should be done any day too.
England Vs Italy finally rolls around tonight and by the sound of things Hodgson’s planning to start with the same team as last time so that means Theo and the Ox will have to make whatever impact they can from the bench. Fair enough. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy a big fat slice of James Milner with their espresso?
I suppose with Italy’s historical defensiveness and England’s new found erm… ‘solidity’ this one has the potential to be one of the dullest games ever seen. Still, if we do manage to get through I think the nation will finally awaken from its slightly ‘meh’ induced slumber and Euro fever will grip us all once again. Just in time for our inevitable ‘brave’ defeat in the semi finals.
If You Liked This...
- Giroud hopes goal will silence the press – he clearly doesn’t know the British press that well
- Squillaci move could well be on + Ox out, M’Vila in?
- Reading 2 – 5 Arsenal: Turning on the pace (much to Sky’s annoyance)
- Positive injury news as Wenger faces defining weekend
- Has Sagna accidentally let slip the signing of M’Vila?