Wenger dismisses reports linking Arsenal with M’Vila bid

Arsene Wenger is not looking to bring Rennes midfielder Yann M’Vila to Arsenal but may be forced into the transfer market should he suffer any injury setbacks.

The Gunners have been constantly linked with the France international during the summer as they look to avoid a repeat of last years transfer window fiasco.

But, Wenger feels he has enough strength in depth in the midfield department with About Diaby and Jack Wilshere set to return from long-term injuries in the near future.

Should the situation change before the new Premier League season starts next month the 22-year-old  could come back into consideration and the Emirates Stadium chief admits he could change his mind should that occur.

“No [I am not interested in M’Vila]. We wait on Diaby and Wilshere,” Wenger told the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com.

“When you look we have Alex Song, Aaron Ramsey, Francis Coquelin, Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Diaby.

“In defensive midfielders and box-to-box players we are not short if they are all coming back.

“If we have setbacks in pre-season it could be different.”

Wenger is also hoping to resolve the future of captain Robin Van Persie before the new campaign kicks off with rivals Manchester United reported to have made a bid for the 28-year-old Holland international striker.

He said: “We are very, very ambitious. You know that. Not only very ambitious, but also very proud of the way we run our club.

“Van Persie is a world-class striker and I am a big supporter of him. I have supported him through his whole career. He has one year left and is in demand but our desire is to keep him.

“However, we will do what is in best interest of the club. If you have a decoder in your head you can decode that.”