Arsenal just €500k away from landing French international midfielder

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Arsenal have reportedly submitted a €13.5m deal for Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons - but need to increase it by just €500,000 to land him.

Arsenal's title bid fell apart in the second half of the season, as huge defeats at Liverpool and Chelsea underlined just how far away the Gunners are from truly challenging with the biggest Premier League sides. There has been no trophy at the club for nine years now, and whilst this weekend's FA Cup final with Hull City presents a chance to end that barren run, Gunners fans have their eyes on bigger prizes.

In order to challenge for the Premier League title and the Champions League crown, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger must spend this summer to try and strengthen his squad, which became stretched at times throughout the season. Money is available to spend, and whilst Wenger tends to shop for bargains, there must come a time where the big money has to spent - just like last summer, when he splashed out £42.5m to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.

Whilst the attack needs some retooling, Wenger must also add a holding midfield player. The likes of Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere have been pressed into action there despite not really fitting the true mould of the position, and Mathieu Flamini can certainly be upgraded upon.

It seems Wenger agrees, as reports in France suggest that he has submitted a €13.5m bid for Lyon's French international midfielder Gonalons, but the Ligue 1 side are holding out for their asking price of €14m - just €500,000 more than Arsenal's bid.

The extra money is essentially peanuts to a club like Arsenal, so if Wenger truly does see the 25-year-old as the answer to his midfield problems, then he would surely be willing to pay the extra money to land his man - especially with Napoli also trying to prise him away from Lyon.

A strong midfielder who can also play in defence, Gonalons is a great passer who would fit well in Arsenal's team, offering aggression and the ability to break play up, allowing the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Mesut Ozil and Santi Cazorla to go forward and attack.

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