Wenger lauds attacker: One of Europe's best three at set pieces

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been discussing Yoann Gourcuff on French television.

Yoann Gourcuff is a player who has long been linked with a transfer to Arsenal, so is it just coincidence Arsene Wenger is talking him up in the final days of the transfer window?

The answer in our opinion is yes, for attacking midfielders are players Arsene Wenger admits he does not need right now - even if the club's apparent pursuit of Julian Draxler suggest otherwise.

So the Lyon playmaker should simply take the Arsenal manager's recent complement of him as a just a welcome piece of praise, rather than a hint he will soon by summoned to North London.

Wenger, speaking to Telefoot over the weekend spoke glowingly of the player's talent, describing him as a possible outsider for the World Cup this summer.

"At his best, Yoann Gourcuff is entitled to the France team. I've always said that French football is extremely hard on Gourcuff. He is one of the top three in Europe at set pieces."

Gourcuff was once hailed as the 'next Zidane', and transferred to AC Milan early in his career.

As recently as early August he was linked with a move to Arsenal, with Lyon president Lyon president Jean Michel-Aulas stating: "'All that I know, if I understood correctly, is that he was ready to lower his salary to go to Arsenal."

He then suffered a knee injury, and Arsenal struck a club record deal for Mesut Ozil. 

Gourcuff, 27, has bounced back and has scored three goals and provided five assists in Ligue 1 this season, but given Arsenal's options in his position, the admiration from Arsene Wenger is not likely to be acted upon.

image: © Julien Haler

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