Gunners end French playmaker chase


Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has ruled out a January transfer raid on French international midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.

The 25-year-old Lyon playmaker has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium in 2012 after the Ligue 1 side's chairman, Jean-Michel Aulas, revealed a late Gunners bid for the player in August.

Despite suggestions from former Arsenal midfielder Robert Pires that the player would be a 'perfect fit' in north London, Wenger has distanced himself from a possible move, revealing that midfield is not a position the club will be looking to strengthen in the opening month of 2012.

"He is a player I like a lot and I believe people have been very critical towards him in France," Wenger told Canal+.

"However, we won't be in the winter market for any midfield positions considering that our players are back from injuries."

The former Rennes starlet is less focused on transfer talk, and more interested in forcing his way back into the international fold ahead of France's Euro 2012 campaign in Polan & Ukraine.

Gourcuff began his career and earned a big-money move to AC Milan in 2006, but his spell in Italy was unsuccessful and he returned to Ligue 1 on loan before signing for Bordeaux in 2009. He moved to Lyon the following summer for a reported €22 million.

"I am a Lyon player," added Gourcuff.

"My objective is to achieve a very good second part of the season with Lyon which could allow me to play at Euro 2012."

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