Arsenal are keeping tabs on midfielder Clement Grenier, according to reports.
The Sunday Mirror claims Arsene Wenger has asked for fitness updates on the 23-year-old central midfielder, who missed out on the World Cup after picking up an injury six days before the start of the tournament.
Lyon value Grenier at £7.5million, according to the report, and Wenger will be interested in bringing the player to the Emirates Stadium if he’ll be fit for the start of the 2014/15 season.
Premier League challenge
The Gunners ended their nine-year trophy drought last season, winning the FA Cup at Wembley. But, despite finishing in the top four once again in the Premier League, they were unable to challenge for the title.
A lack of depth continues to be the biggest problem for Arsenal, and Grenier would provide the club with options either on the right hand side of midfield or behind the striker as part of a 4-2-3-1 formation.
He has spent his entire career with Lyon to-date, making his debut in 2009 and becoming a Ligue 1 regular. International recognition followed, representing Les Bleus at a variety of youth levels before his senior debut last year. He was on course to travel to Brazil this summer before injury ruined his chances.
Arsenal strengthened in midfield last summer with the arrival of Mesut Ozil, and with Aaron Ramsey finding form at the start of the campaign, the north London outfit are just a couple of players light of a side that could legitimately be a contender to win the league.
It’s generally recognised that the Gunners are light of a striker, with the goalscoring burden falling on Olivier Giroud last season. The options behind the Frenchman were few and far between, although Joel Campbell could provide another option when he returns this summer.
And, with Grenier looking to help create the chances, next season could prove to be an exciting one for Arsenal fans if he’s lured to the Emirates.