Arsenal target Grenier performs textbook transfer window twist

Clement Grenier

Arsenal target Clement Grenier has given perhaps a not-so cryptic message on his future.

Arsenal's interest in Clement Grenier has accelerated over the past week ever since Arsene Wenger admitted he was a fan of the player.

Grenier played his final game of the season for Lyon last season, and signed off in style with a spectacular free-kick which cannoned in off the crossbar.

With just one year remaining on his contract, the pressure is really on the attacking player to make a decision on his future, with Lyon keen for him to put pen to paper on a new deal.

And now the attacker has announced he has made a decision - except infuriatingly for everybody else he is keeping it to himself.

This leaves fans of his current club Lyon hanging on, as well as Arsenal supporters crossing their fingers they may secure the player's signature.

Here is what he had to say yesterday: "Have I made a decision? Yes. More or less. I keep it for myself as I care for my discussions I have had with the president and the coach.

"I just want to say that I've never had demands. Moreover, either with the club or with my advisors, figures were never mentioned. My choice is a sporting one."

This sounds to us like he is ready to move on, already beginning to outline reasons for his departure.

He added: "A fight between Arsenal and Lyon for me? Maybe. The competition at Arsenal? There is already that here [at Lyon]."

This again appears as though he is saying that he is not afraid of going elsewhere to sit on the bench and is confident he can play regularly.

"It is the same in all the major clubs and it is not a hindrance in my decision making. I'm still a young player. But I always set goals and do everything to surpass myself. Whether it is at Lyon or elsewhere.

"For now, I'm still a Lyon player and I may stay next season. I do not know myself what will happen. The only thing I expect is really at a sporting level, and my desire is to progress."

The 'may stay next season' comment appears as a bit of a get-out clause to excuse his previous statements, outlining further the possibility that he intends to move on.

Even if he wants to go, Grenier is aware it is down to Arsenal and Lyon to agree a fee, so does not want to burn his bridges just yet.

It's a textbook move, stating that he has made his decision, but not actually announcing it.

We saw the same with Eden Hazard last year, who had three or four Premier League clubs hanging on his every word before he announced he was signing for Chelsea.

This one sounds like Grenier is leaning towards Arsenal to us, but we'd be interested to hear your views.

What do you think Grenier is trying to say with his comments? Do you want him at Arsenal?

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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