Gourcuff, 25, joined Lyon a year ago from Ligue 1 rivals Bordeaux, having previously played for AC Milan, and has been a France international regular. The creative midfielder has been out of action since the start of the season due to the knee injury, but is expected to return to action after the international break.
Wenger revealed to Eurosport:
I was interested in Yoann Gourcuff because at one time he was available,
Unfortunately, we were in a hurry. We had to have players performing soon.
He was at that time about to have surgery. The timing was not good for us. But I had learned of his medical condition.
Unfortunately, we were in doubt because it was not certain if Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas would leave.
If Gourcuff has a successful start to his season and regains his full fitness and form, then a January move may well be on the cards. Wenger has been known to be a longterm admirer of the French midfielder, and Gourcuff has recently spoken out of his admiration for Wenger and that he was “very, very happy” to learn that Arsenal had enquired about his services this summer. He will be a welcomed addition to the Gunners squad and will add top class experience and quality that Arsenal are lacking at the moment.