Today in The Express, Arsenal has been linked with a move for Marseille and France forward Andre-Pierre Gignac. The news comes the day after the striker scored his ninth goal of the season as Marseille struck late to beat SM Caen 2-1 on Saturday afternoon.
It is almost a ritual now for the 29-year-old striker to be linked with an English club nearly every transfer window. In the past it has been Fulham, this summer it was Queen’s Park Rangers, with Joey Barton revealing that he tried to convince Harry Redknapp to take a gamble, and then when he started scoring freely again this season, the stories linking Liverpool, Arsenal and others have reappeared.
Under the guidance and strict fitness regimes of Argentine coach Marcelo Bielsa, Gignac looks like player reborn, it looks like absolutely perfect timing to find your best form, with his contract up in the summer, come January the 1st he will be able to talk to any club he wants regarding his future.
Yesterday Marseille travelled to Normandy to face Caen at the Stade Michel d’Ornano, looking to extend their gap at the top of Ligue 1 after Bordeaux’s 1-0 defeat to Reims on Friday.
It was a tough game for OM, who held on until the 74th minute before Alaixys Romao headed home the opener. That wasn’t the end. though, as Caen pegged the leaders back with a header of their own, 22-year-old Yrondu Musavu-King powering past Steve Mandanda with six minutes left in the game.
The script was written for Gignac to be Marseille’s hero once again. Two minutes into injury time the striker capped off a perfect week by finding a half-yard of space on the right of the six-yard box before smashing his shot high into the net.
Over the past 10 seasons, this is the best-ever start to a season for Gignac. His previous best was five in nine games, for both Toulouse and Marseille, in 2008 and 2012. There is little doubt that Bielsa’s influence on the French striker has been huge.
With his contract situation up in the air and the forward scoring for fun, he could have his pick of clubs come January. If Olivier Giroud’s injury problems continue, it could be that Gignac replaces him not just for his country, but for his club too.