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The France international is set to return to action after an ankle injury but the Gunners manager insists that he has enough options in midfield without the 25-year-old

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has ruled out a January move for France international Yoann Gourcuff.

The Olympique Lyonnais midfielder has been hampered by an ankle injury this season but is slowly returning to match fitness, and rumours have suggested that the 25-year-old could be on his way to the Emirates in next month's transfer window.

While Wenger believes that Gourcuff will return to his best in the second half of the campaign, he has distanced himself from speculation linking him with a move for the player.

“We have choices in midfield,” he told Arsenal player.

“We have [Abou] Diaby and [Jack] Wilshere coming back from injury so we have lots of people in there.
 
“However, I see a positive future for Gourcuff. I think he will come back to his best level. He has been out for four or five months and what happens to him now is normal.

"He's played his first few games only on his desire and, after an injury, it's normal to have a dip.
 
“Between January and June will be the key moment for him but I think he will be back to his best.”

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