One way or another, Yann M'Vila can't stay out of the headlines. After being accused of an alleged assault reportedly scuppered his Arsenal switch, he has now been banned for two years from international football for his behaviour.
His 'crime'? Going to a nightclub while on international duty. Other younger players were involved too, but M'Vila was singled out for punishment by the hardline French Football Federation, as the senior player.
The portrayal of his circumstances has very much been that Arsenal have dodged a bullet and would do well to steer clear of the Frenchman.
We'd like to offer and alternate view, and in fact - the midfielder would still be the perfect fit for the Gunners.
Firstly, there is the on-pitch point of view to consider. M'Vila is an absolute monster in midfield, a wall in front of the defence, and exactly what Arsenal need.
He would allow Mikel Arteta to play further forward, and ease pressure on the defence, which would help their wingers to concentrate on attacking rather than being weighed down by supporting the full-backs.
There is also no suggestion his off-pitch misdemeanours are replicated by his on-pitch temperament, so far this season in 12 games he has just one yellow card to his name.
He has helped unfashionable Rennes climb to fifth in Ligue One, and remains as vital to them as ever. It should not be forgotten he is only 22, and is only going to get better, and wiser.
So while France may have shot themselves in the foot by potentially banning M'Vila for the next World Cup, their loss can be Arsenal's gain.
Surely the fact M'Vila would not be available for international duty would actually be a huge bonus?
Look at Wenger's recent upset at Jack Wilshere being called up to the England squad, while Bacary Sagna, Abou Diaby, and previously Robin van Persie, are among Arsenal players past and present to have suffered injuries on international duty which have affected the club.
With M'Vila for now, there is no risk of that, and while his competitors will be playing extra games, for example when it comes to the matches after international week, eg. the forthcoming North London Derby, M'Vila would be rested up and raring to go, compared to his opponents.
So what about his attitude? Many of the very best players are difficult to handle, that is part of what makes them what they are. Arsene Wenger should be experienced enough to be able to handle players like M'Vila and ensure they make the most of their talent.
Taking the plunge on M'Vila now would be huge, and the player would not forget Wenger's faith in his hour of trouble, and be extra keen to repay the club and manager.
He would not be the first player to fall out with the French football governing body, receive a lengthy ban, and head to England to be a success. Eric Cantona was banned from football entirely at one point by the French Football Federation.
M'Vila's mistakes are just that, and can be put down to youth. He has more than a decade left at the top level, and is just what Arsenal need. Wenger should ignore the doubts and go for it.
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