Arsenal dealt French playmaker blow

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Arsenal target Yoann Gourcuff is going nowhere this month, insists Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.

The 25-year-old playmaker has been continually linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League, after it emerged he almost moved their in the summer.

Aulas previously claimed that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger tried to bring the French international to the Emirates Stadium in August, and speculation is mounting that Arsenal will renew their interest this month.

Gourcuff has struggled for Lyon this season, making just seven starts for the Ligue 1 giants and netting only one goal. However, his lack of form and regular injury problems have done little to deter Arsenal in their attempts to sign him.

But despite suggestions Gourcuff is verging on a switch to north London, Aulas is adamant the attacking midfielder will not be leaving.

"The journalists writing that Gourcuff is on his way out are simply getting it wrong," said the president.

"He will be staying. I brought him here because I thought that with him in our ranks, we would have a side with added value, especially in the Champions League.

"Economically, it would be a mistake to let him go at a time when he can play a part in France's tilt at the Euros, get back into peak physical form and show everyone what he is capable of."

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