Cabella helped the Ligue 1 club to the league title in 2012 and has carried on his good form with five goals from nine games this season. He assisted many of the goals that Olivier Giroud scored while he led the line for Montpellier and would more than likely rekindle that partnership if he joined Giroud at the Emirates.
Arsenal’s fine start to the season have made the Gunners a more attractive club to join with their eight-year trophy drought and constant title race failures putting players off from joining. Mesut Özil’s arrival has also increased the allure of Arsenal but midfield is a very congested position.
The Gunners play a 4-2-3-1 formation allowing five midfielders to play at one time. Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini are the predominant holding midfield players with Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere used as box-to-box midfielders who swap between the two positions. Lukas Podolski, Theo Walcott, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Serge Gnabry are used out wide while Tomas Rosicky, Santi Cazorla and Özil are better suited more central but are played across the attacking three leaving no room for any possible arrivals.
Arsene Wenger has linked with several moves for midfielders in the summer including Julian Draxler, Yohan Cabaye, Cesc Fabregas &Marouane Fellaini despite needing to strengthen other areas more but managed to secure a surprising move for Özil.
Cabella has impressed this season and is easily one of the standout players in French football at the moment, surpassing other Arsenal targets Clement Grenier & Maxime Gonalons of Lyon.
He is attracting interest among other Premier League clubs with Manchester United expressing a strong interest, having made inquiries for him over the summer. Montpellier have slapped a £15 million price tag on the 23-year old but in today’s market, that is a steal.