Clement Grenier made his first start of the season as Olympique Lyonnais beat Stade de Reims 4-2 on Sunday evening, reminding Arsenal of his qualities.
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The France international has previously been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, with Arsene Wenger a known admirer of his talents.
However, the 24-year-old has endured an injury ravaged campaign. He was injured in August against Astra Giurgiu—a recurrence of the groin trouble that kept him out of the 2014 World Cup—and was then sidelined with persistent adductor trouble since the beginning of November.
He has finally returned to action and—if his showing against Reims is anything to go by—will be a major boost to OL as Les Gones look to lift the Ligue 1 crown this season.
The midfielder was outstanding—a metronomic presence in the field, recycling possession and seeing out Lyon’s talented forwards with his long-range passing.
Grenier was influential in Lyon’s first three goals, before being replaced by Jordan Ferri.
Will his performance tempt Wenger to renew his interest in a midfielder who appears so suited to life at the Emirates Stadium?