Friday, 21st October, 2011
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is expected to revive his interest in Marseille schemer Lucho Gonzalez when the winter transfer window opens.
Wenger failed with a move for the experienced Argentine in the summer, but revealed that the Gunners were not too far off agreeing a deal with Didier Deschamps’ men.
"Lucho was a player I liked", said Wenger, adding: "They would not let him go, but we weren’t far away."
Now the Gunners are ready to try again, especially in light of the 30-year-old’s less than stellar start to the season at the Stade Velodrome, which has made him the subject of fierce criticism.
Gonzalez was quick to admit that moving to the Emirates Stadium would have been a dream and it is still his stance, with the attacking midfielder ready to leap at the chance.
The former FC Porto man has also been advised by former Arsenal player Robert Pires that working under Wenger will surely improve him as a player.
Marseille could be ready to budge in January if Arsenal can improve upon their summer offer and Wenger would love to add the experienced performer to his midfield.
Concern is growing on the French coast over the club’s lacklustre start to the Ligue 1 season and an appreciation that fresh faces may be needed is forming.
Offloading Gonzalez would create vital space on Marseille’s wage bill and provide ammunition for Deschamps to strengthen his side.