Arsenal planning move for St. Etienne midfielder Guilavogui

Time is starting to run out in the transfer window with clubs having just 4 more days to sign and bring in new faces to their squad.

For Arsenal, the pressure is really on to try and strengthen their squad as the club have yet to bring in any new face having failed to sign any of their targets.

The midfield is an area that Arsene Wenger is particularly keen to reinforce and with negotiations slow with Newcastle
to sign Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, The Gunners boss is planning a last-minute swoop to sign promising St. Etienne midfielder Joshua Guilavogui.

The 22 year old Frenchman has impressed several top side critics with his passing play and also has the physical presence that Wenger is looking for in a holding midfielder.

Having missed out on Brazilian Luis Gustavo earlier this month, Guilavogui would give side the tougher edge that has been lacking in the past few seasons.

The Gunners have yet to bid for the Frenchman but could be tempted to make a move in the next couple of days if need be.

Guilavogui has established himself as part of the first team line-up at Saint-Etienne having come through the club’s academy and into the first team squad.

Since making his debut for the Ligue 1 club in 2009, the Frenchman has gone on to make 94 appearances for the club scoring 6 goals.

The midfielder has slowly grown each year and has become one of the top stars at St.Etienne having played in every single league game for the side last season.

This consistency has seen Guilavogui also force his way into the French national set-up and has earned 3 caps for France since debuting earlier this year.

It would make him the perfect back-up for Arsenal as the club’s pursuit to sign Yohan Cabaye is struggling to make any progress.

Despite the player not wanting to be at St. James Park, Newcastle are still holding out for a large transfer fee for one of their most in-demand players with The Magpies looking to get at least £15m.

Arsenal had previously made a £12m bid last week for Cabaye but the offer was quickly rejected by Newcastle who
dismissed the club’s interest.

Should the deadlock remain locked between Arsenal and Newcastle, it might mean that Wenger will choose to sign a foreign-based player such as Guilavogui instead of a name that is already established in the Premier League.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!