Arsenal and Liverpool chase Andre-Pierre Gignac.
Arsene Wenger has been given an incentive to re-ignite his interest in long-term admire according to Express.
Andre-Pierre Gignac’s agent was quoted as saying that his client would be available to any of England’s elite clubs at the right price, between 12 and 15 million Euros. Particularly mentioned were Arsenal, who have been linked with him in the past, and Liverpool (who seem to have formed a habit of being linked with just about every Arsenal target this summer).
The big French striker who used to be a prime target of Arsenal has had a fantastic start to this Ligue 1 season, having scored 8 goals in as many games for Rudi Garcia’s side.
Most Gooners will recall that there were fewer names mentioned as potential signings as strikers during the period that followed the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor in 2009, when Gignac was firing in all cylinders for Toulouse. As is mostly the case, our interest was not backed by any substantial enquiry which saw Marseille snap him up, while we settled for Chamakh from Bordeaux.
Gignac’s big money move seemed to affect him through as he was not able to replicate the deadly Toulouse form at Marseille and even with the French National Team as they crashed out in humiliating fashion at South Africa four years ago. He subsequently fell out of favour with Laurent Blanc due to further slump in his club form, which did not get him further calls with Les Blues. He has since gone from been banished to the Marseille’s reserves to coming back with a bang.
Gignac, now 28, appears to be ready to use this season to rediscover the form that saw him once earmarked as part of the emerging group of exciting forwards from France some years ago. With the Euros to be hosted in his home country, there’s a great incentive for him to do his best to gain the attention of top clubs where he will have the platform to force his way into Didier Deschamp’s plans for Les Blues. Being in the same age bracket with other first team strikers Benzema, Giroud and Remy, he must fancy his chances of being the first Number 9.
Wenger is known to have tracked Gignac for quite some while and had good ratings of him. The use of his body, as well as off-the-ball movements are akin to those of other strikers who have thrived under Wenger. The manager has shown that he is always ready to go for his man even if not at first sight, choosing to pounce after several years of admiration as was with the case with Arteta, Cazorla and Ozil. If Gignac maintains his prowess till December, there could be a chance of a January shout-out.
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