The Gunners have agreed a deal worth £17.7 million for the French midfielder, it is claimed, who will join Lukas Podolski in London as Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen his squad
As revealed by Goal.com in March, the 21-year-old has been one of Arsene Wenger's long-term transfer targets and is set to sign a four-year contract.
Former France and Chelsea defender Marcel Desailly told Goal.com that M'Vila is better than Patrick Vieira, who spent nine years with the Gunners, and insisted that if he was the chairman of a Premier League club he would do whatever it takes to sign him.
Wenger has already made inroads to strengthen his squad ahead of the transfer window by securing the services of Koln striker Lukas Podolski, while the likely acquisition of M'Vila represents a stark contrast to Arsenal's business last summer.
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The fee required to secure the midfielder is likely to set a club record by surpassing the approximately £15m needed to lure Andrey Arshavin away from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2009.
Rennes sit in fifth place in the Ligue 1 table, with M'Vila having made 36 league appearances for the club during the 2011-12 campaign.