Yoann Gourcuff has been linked with a move to Arsenal for a long, long time.
Since the summer this 'rumour' has grown bigger than Gervinho's forehead and won't go away despite Arsene Wenger denying it will happen.
Wenger's reason for not bringing in Gourcuff is that Jack Wilshere and Abou Diaby will be back from injury soon and there will be a lot of players in the midfield area.
That's true I suppose, but does Diaby actually count as an actual option?
On his day the Frenchman can be a handy player to have but he is injured more often than not.
In the past he has been mooted as the new Patrick Vieira whereas I think the new Darren Anderton is a more sensible assessment.
I feel for Abou Diaby, I really do. It must be lonely being in that treatment room all the time but frankly if a move for Yoann Gourcuff is not possible because of him then I'm astounded.
I hate to be negative about any of the Arsenal players, it destroys me inside like a Marriot Hotel lasagne special.
And of course, during his career with us, Diaby has been very unlucky with injuries, but there has to be a time when enough is enough.
Understandably Wenger wants to give Abou every chance possible to make it with Arsenal. He truly believes in him.
But the bigger picture is that the club must come first and if Abou Diaby has to be sacrificed for Arsenal to be successful then so be it.
Despite peppering relegation rivals (ahem) Wolves goal yesterday its clear sometimes that we need that creative 'spark'.
When Wilshere comes back that will help massively. Will Diaby help? Of course but how long until he gains another injury is any ones guess.
Gourcuff can be that man who unlocks the door when the opposition plays a 9-1-0 formation. He is a very clever player and one, who I am sure, would love to play under Arsene Wenger.
We all know that Arsene is very loyal. Especially to the club, but to the players he believes in too. So I can understand why the boss sticks by Diaby.
But the truth is we don't know whether Abou will ever be able to sustain his fitness long enough to have an extended run in the side.
Previous campaigns suggest not.
So in my view, if Wenger wants Gourcuff, or anyone else for that matter, then he should go get them because there is too much to lose if he doesn't.
A Gourcuff could be what we need to propel us into the top four. An unfit Diaby won't.
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