Arsenal urged to sign French international

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Arsenal are being urged to sign Yoann Gourcuff by new signing Marouane Chamakh.

The French international has been linked with a move to the Premier League this summer, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger the favourite to bring the 23-year-old to England.

Former Bordeaux teammate Chamakh, the first summer signing at the Emirates, would love Gourcuff to join him in north London and admitted it in an interview with The Sun.

"It would be terrific if Gourcuff joined Arsenal," said Chamakh.

Gourcuff has been part of France's calamitous World Cup campaign, playing twice for Les Bleus as they finished bottom of Group A in South Africa. He saw a controversial red against the host nation.

At club level, Gourcuff began his senior career at Rennes, and after three years at the club made a move to Serie 'A' side AC Milan.

After two seasons with the Rossoneri, a loan spell to Bordeaux in 2008/09 was followed by a permanent move to the Stade Chaban Delmas.

Les Girondins won the Ligue 1 title during that first spell, and the club decided to pay a fee in the region of €15 million to secure his services.

The former Ligue 1 player of the year continued to impress this season, and Wenger has taken an interest in the player as a reported replacement for Cesc Fabregas.

The Spanish skipper is heavily linked with a move to Barcelona, and Frenchman Wenger sees Gourcuff as the ideal replacement in the centre of midfield at the Emirates.

Wenger is also being linked with a move for Joe Cole, and the Gunners are favourites to land the England international after he was released by Chelsea this summer.

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