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Ghana's goalkeeper Richard Kingson dives for the ball as Germany's Mesut Ozil looks on during their 2010 World Cup Group D soccer match at Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg June 23, 2010. REUTERS/Ivan Alvarado (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

Arsenal striker Marouane Chamakh is keen to see France midfielder Yoann Gourcuff join him at the Emirates should Cesc Fabregas join Barcelona.

Chamakh sees his former team-mate at Girondins Bordeaux as an ideal recruit for Arsene Wenger to bring into his Gunners side.

“It would be terrific if Gourcuff joined Arsenal,” said Chamakh, according to The Sun.

Gourcuff was part of the France squad which performed so embarrassingly at World Cup 2010 this summer, exiting the competition in the first round.

He was sent off in Les Bleus’ 2-1 defeat to hosts South Africa in their concluding group game of the tournament. (Goal.com)

Barcelona are weighing up a move for Mesut Ozil – just to stop the Germany star signing for Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester City.
Coach Pep Guardiola would struggle to fit the Werder Bremen playmaker into his starting line-up, but senior figures at the Nou Camp have been extremely impressed with Ozil’s performances at the World Cup.

The 21-year-old is out of contract next summer and seems unlikely to sign a new deal given the interest from across Europe.
Ozil has plenty of admirers in England and has been mooted as a potential replacement for Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal, though he is more attack-minded than the box-to-box Emirates Stadium captain and has been dubbed the ‘German Messi’. (Daily Mail)

As Arsene Wenger looks to populate his Emirates squad with more established quality as he looks to improve the Gunners chances of major silverware and both these two intelligent midfielders would be very handy additions to the north London squad, but what are the chances of either deal coming to fruition?

Yoann Gourcuff is perennially linked with a move to Arsenal and he is just the type of player that Wenger likes. Comfortable on the ball and blessed with great vision and a good footballing brain. Bordeaux went from French title winners to a sixth place finish last term that leaves the club without European football of any kind next term added to that Laurent Blanc has of course left the club leaving Jean Tigana to take over so if a move was made I am sure he would accept it but the French side may well take some persuading and a big fee to make them consider a sale.

Mesut Ozil could be a tougher nut to crack. A host of clubs are after him right now but the German international is reportedly very happy at Werder Bremen and could well be willing to stick it out for another season in the hopes of unseating Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga title.

It seems priority numbers one and two for the Arsenal boss are a centre back and a goalkeeper but once those positions are cleared up don’t be surprised if Wenger looks to make a big name signing such as either of these. Many are right to point out that Arsene doesn’t usually splash the cash on household names but it seems that this summer he may well opt to make significant raids in the transfer market to help bring the good days back to the club.


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