After the loss of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri over the summer, and the clear indication that the squad was extremely understrength, the Gunners made several enquiries into a variety of playmakers including Dortmund’s Gotze and also Lyon’s Gourcuff, 25, who has expressed his pleasure of Wenger’s interest.
He told Sky Sports:
I am flattered by the interest shown by Arsene Wenger, he is one of the top coaches in the world. He loves technical players so I am very, very happy to know that he was interested in me.
Now I am pushing to come back stronger for Lyon.
France international Gourcuff signed for Lyon from Bordeaux in a €22 million deal last summer after becoming hot property in France, but he struggled for form and fitness during his debut season and has yet to make an appearance in the current campaign after undergoing ankle surgery in the summer.
If Gourcuff manages to regain full fitness and get back to his former level than he could become a main target for Wenger come next summer. There is no doubt that Arsenal need more quality in the attacking midfield role, could the Frenchman be the answer to Wenger’s woes?