Yoann Miguel Gourcuff is a 25-year-old French midfield playmaker that was touted as the next best thing in his Stade Rennais days from 2003 to 2006. He made a €4.5m move to AC Milan in the summer of 2006, but he was largely disappointing on and off the pitch in his San Siro days making 36 league appearances in three seasons.
A loan move to Laurent Blanc’s Girondins de Bordeaux in the 2008/09 season worked wonders for Gourcuff’s confidence. Gourcuff was so impressive in his loan stint at Bordeaux that was nominated for the FIFA Ballon D’ Or that year. He was also voted as Ligue 1′s Player of the Year, and he deservedly made it into the Ligue 1 Team of the Year.
Bordeaux made the deal permanent after the loan spell only to sell him to French juggernauts Olympique Lyonnais for €22m a season after.
On the international scene, Gourcuff has represented France at every junior level and after earning his first French cap in 2008 against Sweden, he has gone on to make 28 caps for Les Bleus.
Yoann Gourcuff is a technically proficient and talented attacking midfielder that’s renowned for his eagle eye for a pass. He also has good dribbling skills as well as being a dead ball specialist. He has been admired a lot by Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger and he has been linked to the North London giants countless times.
Any team would certainly want a player of Gourcuff’s talents at their disposal but here are five reasons why Arsenal does not need to sign Yoann Gourcuff: