Arsenal would be smart to seal a deal for Yoann Gourcuff in the January transfer window. Recent reports in Metro have linked the Gunners with a move for the Lyon schemer.
Gourcuff is the extra playmaker Arsenal need. Manager Arsene Wenger needs to increase the creative output of his misfiring squad.
Adding Gourcuff would provide support for Santi Cazorla. The diminutive Spaniard has flourished since his summer arrival, but is Arsenal's lone source of attacking flair at the moment.
Technique and inventiveness are Gourcuff's best attributes. The quick-thinking Frenchman is a natural advanced playmaker.
He is blessed with exceptional touch, creativity and subtle movement. Combining Gourcuff with Cazorla, would give Arsenal more verve and ideas in forward positions.
Those qualities have been lacking during the Gunners recent slump. Wenger's men simply aren't playing with the style Arsenal fans have grown accustomed to.
Wenger's finest teams have enjoyed the luxury of a double pivot creating chances in the attacking third.
In their glory years, it was Dennis Bergkamp and Robert Pires. Later it was Cesc Fabregas and Aleksandr Hleb and then Fabregas in tandem with Samir Nasri.
Wenger's brand of attractive, expansive football requires speedy and intelligent combination play. That demands cerebral and technically-gifted players who dovetail well with one another.
At the moment Cazorla lacks that kind of partner while Jack Wilshere continues his rehabilitation and Abou Diaby remains injured. Gourcuff's addition could let Cazorla take a wider role, one he performed well at both Villarreal and Malaga.
Gourcuff might also appeal to Arsenal because of his success combining with big strikers. He worked well with current Gunner Marouane Chamakh when they propelled Bordeaux to a Ligue 1 title in 2009/10.
That means he could do the same with new Arsenal target man Olivier Giroud. The powerful ex-Montpellier front man continues to struggle for form.
The drawback to any move for Gourcuff concerns the persistent questions about his attitude. Still just 26, Gourcuff has bounced around a number of European clubs.
His talent has never been the issue, but his commitment on the field often has. That would make many Arsenal fans worry, having already seen moody stars like Andrei Arshavin flop.
However, there's a good chance Wenger could get the best from his compatriot. If so the results would be positive.
Arsenal need an extra playmaker and a January move for Gourcuff is their best way to acquire one.84493