Arsenal failed with Yoann Gourcuff bid

Arsenal failed with Gourcuff bid
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Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirms that the club turned down a bid from Arsenal for Yoann Gourcuff.

Arsenal attempted to sign Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff during the summer transfer window, the French club have confirmed.

The 25-year-old was reportedly the man identified by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger to replace the departed Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

However, Lyon's president Jean-Michel Aulas has revealed that he had no intention of allowing his £20m signing from Bordeaux to leave the club.

"There was an offer from Arsenal and I said no," said Aulas. "Simply because he has a five-year contract, he wants to succeed here and I believe in him."

Gourcuff scored four goals in 33 appearances last season.

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