Arsenal defender Bacary Sagna feels his countryman Yann M'Vila would easily settle into the Gunners' squad as they are a largely French-speaking team and also believes captain Robin van Persie will stay at the club despite reports the Dutchman could leave the Emirates this summer.
Manager Arsene Wenger is believed to be hot on the trail of defensive midfielder M'Vila after getting a bid knocked back by Rennes in August, while Real Madrid and Inter Milan are also rumoured to be in the race. Sagna believes the 21 year old would fit perfectly into the Gunners' midfield.
"We want more players to come to the team. Lukas Podolski has arrived already and he is a German international and a quality player. M'Vila can make a great impact. I'm not sure about his English but it took me time to learn. I think he would suit us as well - Arsenal is a French-speaking team and it will help him settle," ESPN quoted the right back as saying.
M'Vila, who can operate as an anchorman or a box-to-box midfielder, is arguably the most important member of Laurent Blanc's rejuvenated French national team. Incredibly athletic and strong, the midfielder possesses excellent defensive abilities and impressive physical strength and his attributes and style are considered ideal for the Premier League.
Sagna is also confident the club's talismanic skipper, and last season's PFA Player of the Year, van Persie will remain in north London for next season. The striker has only a year left on his Arsenal contract, with the likes of Manchester City and Juventus linked to him.
"I'm confident Robin will stay. He was a complete professional from the beginning until the end and helped us into third. We want to keep him. Everyone is so grateful to him for what he's done for the club and how important he is. He is our captain and he takes his role and responsibilities very seriously. He gives everything as a player and captain," Goal.com quoted the 29 year old as saying.
Sagna joined the Gunners from Auxerre in the summer of 2007 and has made more than 200 appearances for the club over five seasons. The Frenchman will miss the French squad for the summer's European Championships as he is still recovering from a broken leg suffered against Norwich earlier this month.