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Back in the spring, Arsenal were reported to be in talks with hot prospect Maxime Gonalons, who currently plies his trade for Lyon.
Since graduating from the notable Lyon youth academy, the 21-year old striker has made 22 appearances, yielding a solitary goal in that time.
This strike rate may produce some scepticism and question Arsene Wenger’s mental state, but as he continues to find his way at first-team level, the interest is there. As such, the opportunity exists to keep a close eye on the youngster who has an otherwise quiet existence.
Also apparently within the sights of Wenger is 25-year old Fiorentina midfielder Riccardo Montolivo. The Italian has been with Fiorentina since 2005, during which time La Viola have made their mark in Europe’s elite competition. (Transfer Tavern)
Arsene Wenger has been linked with a great many potential additions and both players named by this source are thought to be high up on the Emirates manager’s wish-list. Fiorentina have attempted to warn off interest in Italian international Montolivo but the club’s appalling start to the season may end up having knock on effects. The Florence side currently sits bottom of Serie A.
Youngster Gonalons is one of the hottest prospects in French football and his Lyon side have similarly struggled for form this term and the 21 year old defensive midfielder is known to be a player that Arsene greatly admires.
Whilst it is unlikely that Arsenal will look to bring in both players it could be that the Gunners boss looks to nab one of the pair in order to strengthen the centre of his midfield and give his side more steel in the centre of the park.