Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Should Acquire Yoann Gourcuff

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Arsenal Transfer News: Gunners Should Acquire Yoann Gourcuff
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Yoann Gourcuff is ready to move on, and Arsenal sits on top of his wish list.

Looking to bolster a squad that has underwhelmed lately, Arsenal can start mending its roster by obtaining Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.

According to ESPN UK, the 26-year-old with two years remaining on his contract is seeking a change of scenery.

The ESPN report states that Arsenal, who has eyed the Frenchman's services in the past, has piqued Gourcuff's interests. He has issued a "come and get me plea" to the Gunners, who have cash to spend during the transfer period.

His career has not unfolded according to plan. A bounty of expectations was bestowed on Gourcuff early in his career, with Zinedine Zidane set as a comparison.

Gourcuff set the bar high, capturing the French Player of the Year award and leading Bordeaux to a title in 2008-09. He has since struggled to replicate that glory, mustering three goals and two assists through 18 French Ligue 1 matches during the 2012-13 season.

The results have not been as evident lately, but Gourcuff is still a world-class talent who can provide a much-needed spark for Arsene Wenger's club. 

At his finest, Gourcuff can hang with the big boys, displaying technique on the field while also boasting a complementing flare to his game. He can provide a highlight-reel goal while also making sound plays for his teammates.

Wenger has been a Gourcuff fan for a while, nearly making a push for him last summer before acquiring 28-year-old Santi Cazorla instead. The club manager told the Daily Mail that he needed immediate production in the midfield.

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"I was interested in Yoann Gourcuff because at one time he was available," Wenger said last summer. "Unfortunately, we were in a hurry. We had to have players performing soon."

That move has worked out swimmingly, as Cazorla's 12 goals ranks second among all Gunners. A year later, Wenger should still revisit Gourcuff, whose upside would be welcomed for a club sitting in Manchester United's shadow.

Such a flier may be just what the doctor ordered. This club needs a shot in the arm. Arsenal could take this opportunity to pounce on a tremendous talent at a bargain.  

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