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According to the Metro, Arsenal have opened talks with Olympique Lyonnais to sign defensive midfielder Maxime Gonalons.
Fact or Fiction? Fact.
This is a typical Arsene Wenger signing. Gonalons is young, French and technical enough to fit in with Arsenal's style of play.
The other major plus in this potential signing is that he fits a need.
The Gunners need a defensive midfielder to help shield the back four, and this season Gonalons has been excellent in that role.
From a statistical standpoint, he has been extremely effective on the defensive end, with four tackles and 3.1 interceptions per game in Ligue 1 and the Europa League.
He's pretty good with his passing as well, averaging 88.1 percent accuracy in that regard. On the offensive end, he's chipped in with four goals.
Gonalons has the physicality to provide the bite that Arsenal's midfield needs, and his 6'2" frame will come in handy on set pieces.
Overall, this signing certainly looks like one Arsene Wenger will be willing to make, if the cost is right.