Arsenal flop and target get French bans for very different reasons

Clement Grenier

Sebastien Squillaci and Clement Grenier are both in hot water for very different reasons.

All last summer Arsenal were being linked with the signature of Lyon youngster Clement Grenier. Grenier has been compared to Samir Nasri in playing style and made his real breakthrough last season - featuring in 28 games and finally adding goals to his performances netting seven times with nine assists also to his name.

Such was the impressive nature of his 2012-13 campaign he earned himself a call-up to the French national team.

Grenier was also quite welcoming of the Gunners interest. Grenier made these comments in June:

“I have more or less made a decision about which club I want to join. I have made the choice for sporting reasons above all. Arsenal? It could well be them.”

But no deal ever came together and Grenier went on to sign a two-year extension at the Stade Gerland keeping him with the club until 2016.

But as Arsenal chased Grenier they were also moving to get rid of another Frenchman - Sebastien Squillaci.

They got their wish - and the former Monaco man moved to ambitious Ligue 1 side SC Bastia in July.

He has proven a solid if not unspectacular signing for the Corsican club and has helped them to a decent mid-table season.

But why are the pair both making news in France?

Well because they have both fallen foul of the French Football Federation. Both have received suspensions for recent indiscretions.

Squillaci has been given a three game ban for what can only be described as a nasty looking challenge on Fabrice Abriel in a recent game between Bastia and Nice.

But Grenier’s suspension is a much more funny and light-hearted tale.

The French starlet got into hot water after laying into the referee for a recent performance against Saint-Etienne.

Grenier, who was injured for the tie, told French journalists on TV after the 2-1 home defeat:

"It is not that he needs glasses (the referee) he is a Labrador."

He received a two game ban for his comments.

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