Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out the possibility of a January bid for French Ligue 1 side Olympique Lyon’s attacking midfielder Yoann Gourcuff, according to new reports.
Although, previously it was believed that the Gunners boss was keen to lure the talented playmaker to the Emirates Stadium in January, new reports have revealed that the North London club will stall the plan for the time being and make do with the current set of midfielders.
Wenger, who admitted that he is a big fan of the France international, reportedly, has also insisted that he is happy with his current crop of midfielders and is looking forward to the return of the 19-year-old Jack Wilshere in the new year, who was sidelined owing to a long injury layoff. Wenger added that he will not make any changes to the current squad.
“He is a player I like a lot and I believe people have been very critical towards him in France,” Wenger told Canal+. “However, we won't be in the winter market for any midfield positions considering that our players are back from injuries.”
Gourcuff, 25, on the other hand, has also revealed that he is not planning on a move to England as of now and said that, for the moment, he would like to remain as a Lyon player.
He further added that his objective is to achieve a very good second part of the season with Lyon which could allow him to play at the upcoming Euro 2012, according to a Goal.com report.
Yoann Miguel Gourcuff, who arrived at Lyon from Ligue 1 rival club Bordeaux for an estimated fee of around £19 million on a five-year deal, has made a total of 31 appearances for the Stade de Gerland-based club and has even managed to score four times.