Arsenal update: Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and James McCarthy targeted and Wenger phones David Villa.

Is Arsene Wenger losing interest in French bad boy Yann M’Villa? Possibly because according to the Mirror he has a new midfielder on  his radar, Wigan’s highly rated Republic of Ireland player James McCarthy.

McCarthy has been very consistent this season and was highly impressive  when Arsenal beat Wigan a few weeks ago. The Mirror reports that Arsenal will offer Wigan £8milion for the player, but there’s very little to detail back the claim up.

The same paper also suggests that with Arsenal finally offloading players – Djorou and Chamakh have already left on loan and Squillaci and Arshavin are expected to follow – Wenger will redouble his efforts to sign Montpellier captain Mapou Yanga-Mbwia, who can play across the defence and in midfield.

The Sunday People has an update on the chase for David Villa suggesting that Arsene Wenger has called the Barcelona player to encourage him to sign for the Gunners, although the Catalan club are apparently now hinting that they want to hold on to Villa until the summer.

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