Arsenal target Maxime Gonalons has admitted this could be his last season with Lyon owing to their financial troubles. Gonalons, who plies his trade as a defensive midfielder has long been subject to the watchful eyes of the Arsenal scouts and is known to be a favourite of manager Arsene Wenger.
Gonalons almost moved to Inter Milan in the January window but unfortunately, or fortunately for Arsenal, the move broke down. It is rumoured that he could be got on the cheap, or at least Lyon’s hand could be forced as their economic troubles take a toll on them.
Speaking about his future he said: “The financial situation here is very difficult.”
“The club is focused on the youth team. This is my fifth season here, I agreed with the president to meet at the end of the season to find the best solution.
“If it is the right time for me, the club will then find an agreement to sell.”
Arsenal might be well stocked in the midfield department but it has often been seen that the midfield struggles for balance because of the immense number of attacking players in the fray. Arteta and Flamini have done a good job between them but the team’s reliance on them has been telling.
Flamini has been good in his renaissance season and often the only combative player in a rather frail team but he probably isn’t a player that should be seen as an automatic starter. Between his discipline issues and his age he is not someone the team should build on but used more sparingly instead.
Similar problems plague Mikel Arteta. He is slowly withering away, not due to lack of application or talent but due to age. He does not have the engine on him to keep up with the pace of the modern game and to feature so frequently without much rest between games would be too high a price to ask of him. Again, an option that is better used sparingly.
In these circumstances, it is well worth looking for options that could boost the team and with the kind of interest Arsenal have shown in Gonalons in the past and his availability in the summer, it could make for a very happy union.