Arsene Wenger’s interest in taking another shot to sign one of his many long-term admire has intensified, with an approach thought to have been made to the player’s employers at Marseille.
28-year-old Frenchman, Andre-Pierre Gignac has been in scintillating form this season in Ligue 1, having hit the net on 12 occasions in just 9 games, showing the form which once saw him linked with a move to the Emirates back in 2008 while he was a youngster with Toulouse. Wenger is now keen on signing the big striker to add to the options available upfront, with a January bid already being discussed.
There is the incentive of Gignac’s contract due to run out by the end of next summer, putting Marseille in a position where they’ll have to make a decision between squeezing out the last of him till May and let him go for free or get as much as possible from the winter window, as it is believed the player would jump at the opportunity to attract more notice from Didier Deschamp by moving to a bigger club.
Wenger is known to have tracked Gignac for quite sometime 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 the long-serving Arsenal manager. But with the likes of Danny Welbeck, Lukas Podolski, Joel Campbell, and fellow Frenchmen Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo already in the team as forwards, one has to wonder who whether there could be a need for one or two to make way from the team to accommodate Gignac. Danny Welbeck’s recent form and potential clearly distinguishes him from the rest, the pick will surely be from the rest of the pack.
Sanogo’s constant injuries wouldn’t let us have a true rating of his abilities and while we await his first competitive goal, we tend to lean on Wenger’s trust on him to finally get going. Campbell has been unused in most games, making just one start so far in the League Cup and a couple of substitute appearances. Following his World Cup displays and still being just 22, a move away from the Emirates will be seen as the loss of a diamond in disguise as his abilities are all too glaring for all to see. Giroud’s numbers have improved from his first season and after being handed a two-year extension till 2018, he certainly is a core plan of Wenger’s pre-retirement team, leaving us with Lukas Podolski.
Podolski himself has expressed his discontent at not having the opportunity to play on a more regular basis, having made just the one start this season, with 5 lackluster sub appearances. With his complaints about not playing regularly and with apparently no space for him in the team at the moment, he looks on his way out of the Emirates, possibly in January, freeing up space in the team for Gignac, if Wenger fancies it.
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