Grenier's dad says his son could snub Arsenal

Clement Grenier’s Dad has revealed he thinks his son will snub Arsenal and stay at Lyon next season.

That may not be a bad turn of events for Arsenal because it will increase their focus on getting other, more significant transfer targets as well as not threatening the position of key current players in the Arsenal midfield.

The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has been highlighted as a player who could come into the current Arsenal side and take some of the pressure away from Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla in terms of creativity.

However, there are few sources more reliable than the parent of a high profile player and while some parents of professional players have got it wrong in the past, this is the best indication yet that Arsenal are wasting their time.

“I think Clement will be at Lyon next season,” Michel Grenier told TF1.

So how should Arsenal approach this apparent snub from one of their more exciting transfer targets?

Well the first way is to simply embrace the players they already have in the squad, the players who powered the side to fourth place in the Premier League last season.

There is a very obvious argument that players like Jack Wilshere and Aaron Ramsey are not going to progress and improve to even higher levels of performance if they are being constantly questioned over their roles in the first team.

Certainly in Ramsey’s case, the arrival of Grenier would signal a step back in his career at the club because he would be forced out of the side for the Frenchman.

The second way they should approach this apparent snub is by using it to go and focus on more significant players or areas where they need a key signing.

Attacking midfield is not a position which needs to be filled at the Emirates Stadium but a holding player is a definite requirement.

Arsenal have been one of the sides strongly linked with the signing of Victor Wanyama of Celtic, a player who likes nothing better than to sit in front of the back four picking off runs and breaking up opposition possession play.

The fact Arsenal wouldn’t have to divert their attention to a possibly complicated Grenier deal means they can divert more focus and attention towards signing a player they have a more pressing need for.

However, as is the case with Cesc Fabregas, Arsenal may find it difficult to pass up the opportunity to bring in a player of Grenier’s quality if his future becomes more open and he becomes officially available.

That would just represent an unfortunate twist of fate for players who have battled to keep Arsenal inside the top four.

Arsenal can certainly cope without the French midfield maestro so his Dad’s comments shouldn’t come as a major upset to any Arsenal officials or fans.

Are you bothered about Arsenal signing Grenier? Who should Arsenal be focusing on?

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