Arsenal boss Wenger to return to past transfer target Gourcuff

A year after missing out on the signing of Yoann Gourcuff, Arsene Wenger is planning a second attempt to bring the Lyon midfielder to Arsenal and the Premier League, according to the Daily Mail.

Lyon have publically admitted they need to offload players to the tune of €30m in order to balance the books, with Gourcuff specifically named by the club’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas as a contender to be sold if his form attracts suitable interest.

Gourcuff first came to prominence with Rennes and soon earned a move to Serie A with Milan, but he struggled to impose himself at the San Siro and eventually returned to France with Bordeaux, playing 51 times for Milan in two years but managing nearly double that in the same time period upon his return to Ligue 1. A move to Lyon followed in 2010.

The Mail argues, however, that of the positions Arsenal need to strengthen, an attacking midfielder in Gourcuff’s mould is the least of them. The newspaper claims that, as the lowest scoring side in the Premier League’s top seven, Arsenal should be chasing a striker instead.

Gourcuff has never been particularly prolific, scoring only six goals in his first two years at Lyon, although the scoring touch did arrive at Bordeaux, where he hit 15 and then nine in his two seasons with the club.

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