Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas claims that Arsenal made a late bid to sign Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, according to French sporting website RMC.
Gourcuff has been on the radar of Gunners manager Arsene Wenger for some time and is reportedly unhappy with his position at Lyon. Wenger failed with a loan bid for the 25 year old before the window was closed.
Aulas said: ‘I had a call on the penultimate day of the transfer window from Gilles Grimandi for a loan deal. We believe in the recovery of Yoann. He has just resumed training. We made the choice to keep Gourcouff, just like last year’.
The French midfielder was unhappy at Lyon coach Claude Puel’s inability to accommodate both him and playmaker Miralem Pjanic in the side. Pjanic has now left OL to join Italian side Roma, which could give Gourcuff more of a chance in the side.
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Gunners on international duty.
Arsenal had ten players on international duty last night and saw a hatful of goals scored by their players, arsenal.com reports.
Gunners skipper Robin Van Persie scored four goals in the Netherlands’ 11-0 demolition of lowly minnows San Marino. His new strike partner for the season, Park Chu-Young, scored a hat-trick for South Korea in their 6-0 win against Lebanon. Arsenal fans will be pleased that their strikers are on form in the international break.
Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey captained and scored for Wales as they beat Montenegro 2-1. New German signing Per Mertesacker was an unused substitute in Germany’s 6-2 victory over Austria. Bacary Sagna missed France’s 2-1 victory over Albania with a virus and fellow French defender Laurent Koscielny was an unused substitute.
Theo Walcott played 82 minutes of England’s comfortable 3-0 victory over Bulgaria in Sofia, Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny was an unused substitute in his side’s 1-1 draw with Mexico and new Israeli signing Yossi Benayoun played the full 90 minutes in a 1-0 defeat by Greece in their qualifier.
Bendtner: I’ll never return.
New Sunderland loan signing Nicklas Bendtner has vowed to never return to Arsenal once his loan move ends in the North East, The Sun reports.
The Danish forward once labelled himself as one of the best strikers in European football, but has failed to live up to his own confident ambitions. Bendtner believes that since his car crash two years ago, which wrote off his Aston Martin and injured his legs and shoulder, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has overlooked the 23 year old forward.
Bendtner said: ‘I will never go back to Arsenal. If I can have it my way, I will never play for them again. After my car accident, I never really got the chance to earn a spot in the first team. I am really looking forward to playing for Sunderland and then we will see next summer.’