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Wenger confirms Arsenal interest in Lyon star Grenier

Wenger confirms Arsenal interest in Lyon star Grenier

Clement Grenier (Nice - Lyon)

The Gunners boss reveals that he is "following" the France Under-21s international midfielder, comparing him to former charge Samir Nasri, now of Manchester City

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal's interest in Lyon star Clement Grenier.

THE VIEW FROM FRANCE
NAIM BENEDDRA, GOAL FRANCE
Grenier is now considered one of the best hopes for French football. A product of the Lyon youth set-up, he's made a meteoric rise to the first-team in two years and after a decent season last term, he's been even better in 2012-13.

He has been preferred to Yoann Gourcuff during important matches this season and his chief qualities include his free-kicks, and he scored a fantastic goal against Nice just last week. He is also renowned for his excellent vision, his ability to direct attacks and also to work for his team-mates. The only thing he lacks is consistency.
The midfielder, a product of the club's youth academy, has represented France at Under-21s level and featured regularly for his side throughout the 2012-13 Ligue 1 season.

Wenger has admitted that the Gunners are monitoring the 22-year-old, who has drawn comparisons to Samir Nasri from the Emirates Stadium boss.

"We are following him," Wenger told Telefoot. "His intelligence of play pleases me. He has interesting qualities. He reminds me of Nasri."

The Arsenal boss also once again denied that he has had any contact with Paris Saint-Germain over the possibility of replacing Carlo Ancelotti in the summer.

He added: "PSG never offered me the manager job. [Club president Nasser] Al-Khelaifi didn't contact me.

"In a year? You must accept the idea that a coach who is named will continue the year after. This is how it works in football."

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