Arsenal will once more miss out on the signing of Yoann Gourcuff after the Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas insisted the 25-year-old “will not” be leaving the club in January.
The Gunners have long been linked with the talented playmaker, who was billed as the ‘new Zidane’ when he rose to prominence as a teenager playing for Rennes.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has long been an admirer of the former AC Milan player’s ability, and was close to securing his services over the summer before the deal fell through.
Arsenal had been given hope they would be able to land their man in January after Gourcuff appeared to be out of favour with the Ligue 1 side.
Gourcuff has only started six games for the French outfit this season but Aulas insisted there is no chance he would be leaving for the Emirates Stadium during the transfer window.
"Yoann Gourcuff will not leave the team," he said. "The newspapers are getting it wrong.
"We need him and to add for the Champions League. And if he stays he can use his performances to get himself in the France team for the Euros." He added.
Arsenal made their first major move in the transfer window today (Friday) as they announced they had completed the deal to bring Thierry Henry to north London, although whether they do any further business in January remains to be seen.