The 22-year-old hinted at progressing his career which places the Gunners in a strong position for his signature, with the playmaker unfazed by the competition in North London.
Arsene Wenger expressed his interest in the midfielder last month however Lyon responded with a claim that their star midfielder would command a similar fee as Mario Gotze who is set to move to Bayern for €37m. A sum which is certainly out of Wenger’s price range.
The 22-year-old confirmed he has made a decision but remains tight lipped out of respect for his current employers.
Goal.com revealed he told Le Progres while on duty with the French national team:
Have I made a decision? Yes. More or less. I keep it for myself as I care for my discussions I have had with the president and the coach.
I just want to say that I’ve never had demands. Moreover, either with the club or with my advisors, figures were never mentioned. My choice is a sporting one.
A fight between Arsenal and Lyon for me? Maybe. The competition at Arsenal? There is already that here [at Lyon].
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It is the same in all the major clubs and it is not a hindrance in my decision making. I’m still a young player. But I always set goals and do everything to surpass myself. Whether it is at Lyon or elsewhere.
For now, I’m still a Lyon player and I may stay next season. I do not know myself what will happen. The only thing I expect is really at a sporting level, and my desire is to progress.
It is positive to hear he is not phased by the competition at Arsenal and his desire to develop as a player bodes well for the Gunners chances of landing the star.
His pricetag? Lyon’s president was just trying to scare of Arsenal’s interest, he is certainly not worth as much as the younger and more established Gotze. He will still be an expensive acquisition but probably at half the €37m pricetag.
In terms of buying another midfielder, Cazorla operated on the left flank primarily during the tail end of the season so there is certainly room for another attacking minded player in the squad.
While Grenier admitted he could remain with Lyon next season, there are certainly some hints that a move to Arsenal is on the cards. Get him Wenger!