Wenger is not known to make public declaration of his interest in a player until the deal is already a done one but when he does, it could be a decoy to divert attention or a smokescreen to the real target. But the Frenchman seemed to have thrown caution to the wind by openly courting Lyon’s midfielder Clement Grenier and dubbing him the new Nasri.
“We are following him,” Wenger told Telefoot. “His intelligence of play pleases me. He has interesting qualities. He reminds me of Nasri.”
Wenger’s apparent disregard of caution has forced Lyon president Jean Aulas to also slap a huge price tag on the young French star.
“If Arsene wants to have an idea of Grenier’s price, I will tell him that it is the same as what Bayern Munich paid for Mario Gotze – around €37.”.
I can understand where Aulas is coming from and no club would willingly want to relinquish a promising player especially one that has been christened junior Juninho but comparing him with German sensation Mario Goeze is going a step too far. He is not only above the Frenchman in experience and class, he is also in talent. Let’s
compare both of them. Shall we?
Gotze boasts of over 80 appearances for Dortmund and already has 22 caps for the German Machines. Besides, he is also a proven winner having won back to back Bundesliga titles with Dortmund and the German Cup. Above all, he had a long term contract that was truncated by Bayern’s monstrous bid. Simply put, he is deserving of the huge financial outlay Bayern forked out for him.
Clement Grenier greatly contrasts to this feat. He has over 60 appearances for Lyon but his yet to feature for the Les Bleus team. He isn’t much of a proven winner since he has only the French Cup to show for his Lyon stay. Most importantly, his contract at Lyon will soon expire. He has just a year left on his current deal. Should he refuse a new deal, he would be available for free next summer. The length of his current deal and his relatively little experience mean the price quoted by Aulas for him is simply unrealistic.
If Wenger is keen on him, he will get him for a decent fee of not more than 7million Pounds provided Grenier doesn’t extend his deal. Should Lyon play hardball, Wenger can sell to him the Arsenal dream like he did Chamakh and get him on a Bossman next season.
Lyon will most likely loose him next summer if they miss out on UEFA Champions league football next season. If he used Champions League football as a prerequisite to stay this summer, I don’t see him settling for less next summer. Lyon’s chances of making Champions league next season is under risk owing to the newly found financial might of Monaco. PSG has come to stay as a force and Monaco are looking set to join them.
All that said, do Arsenal need him? I really doubt that. We are already stuck in the areas he might play. On the wings, we have Walcott, Cazorla, Podolski and Chamberlain while in central midfield, he has Wilshere, Rosicky, Arteta and Ramsey to contend with. I am not saying he lacks potentials to make it at Arsenal but he isn’t what we need now. Should we go for him, we will only be accumulating luxury. Rather than splashing out on luxuries, Wenger should focus on bolstering the attack, defensive midfield and defence.