The midfielder has confirmed the Gunners have already had an approach turned down and he’s also confirmed that he’s set to meet with Lyon’s manager and president tomorrow, more than likely over a new contract.
That’s bad news as far as Arsenal are concerned because it limits the amount of time they have to try and get their business done, getting Lyon to accept a bid and pushing the deal through.
“I have a meeting which will come quickly (Friday) with the president, the coach and my representatives, to discuss a little bit of everything,” he told RTL.
If Arsenal are in a position where they really want the 22-year-old, then their priority today should be getting on the phone or possibly even going to France to try and sort out a deal.
Arsene Wenger is the only person who knows how potentially important Grenier could be to the side and he is the man that everything will flow through.
Fortunately for Gunners fans, he’s very experienced so he won’t let Arsenal be held to ransom in the affair and he certainly won’t panic into producing an offer which doesn’t reflect good value for the club.
If Arsenal don’t manage to pull off a deal in time then it shouldn’t be a major concern because the club already has a large pool of midfielders heading into next season.
Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla are more than good enough to drive the attacking side of the midfield, which is the area that Grenier would play in.
They then have the likes of Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey who also fill in centrally in the middle of the pitch so missing out on Grenier isn’t going to make too much difference to the balance of the team.
The problem they have if they want him is that Lyon could potentially get him to agree to a new contract in principle tomorrow, which then only adds extra value onto his price.
It would make it more difficult for the Gunners to negotiate going into next week and the rest of the transfer window.
If Grenier was keen on an Arsenal move then he’d more than likely have pushed a lot harder for it than he has done and while he’s admitted the interest, it seems as though he wants to give Lyon a fair crack at trying to keep him.
Arsenal are looking for big performances and a big season when August comes along and they only need players who are fully committed to playing for them and want to join the manager, the players and the fans.
Do you expect Arsenal to go in with another bid for Grenier?
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