Mapou Yanga Mbiwa
The 22-year-old Frenchman Mapou Mbiwa captained Ligue 1 side Montpellier to the title this season and was their stalwart in defence. Mbiwa has been on terrific form this year which resulted in a call up to Laurent Blanc’s provisional 25-man squad for the Euro 2012 finals. Unfortunately he was one of the unlucky two to get dropped when the squad was cut to 23. The Montpellier skipper would be a very useful signing for Arsenal, even though Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny looked on form at the end of the season. The Gunners lack any strong back up, especially with the underperforming Johan Djourou set to leave the Emirates this summer. Mbiwa is young, but seems to have a good head on his shoulders, as shown with his league winning leadership. It has been suggested the player would cost in the region of £13m.