Arsenal have suffered a setback in signing Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff after the Ligue 1 club's presidential advisor Bernard Lacombe revealed the 27-year-old will not make a move during the transfer window.
Arsene Wenger was keen on bringing the France international to the Emirates in an exchange deal, with Gervinho making a move in the other direction. However, Lyon manager Remi Garde played down the speculation of a possible swap move.
Gourcuff failed to feature regularly during the last season, with injury restricting his appearances. He started in 15 league games and scored three goals in the process. Apart from Arsenal, Spanish sides Valencia and Atletico Madrid were also believed to be interested in signing the midfielder.
"Yoann Gourcuff won't leave during this transfer window. The president told me that there were opportunities, but all three parties need to be in agreement," Lacombe explained.
"The president has had, it's true, a lot of approaches, and that has enabled him to have a different point of view other than OL's and he's talked about it with Yoann. But I don't think he'll leave," he added.
Meanwhile, Wenger was delighted with Ryo Miyaichi's performance during Arsenal's 3-1 victory over the his former employers, Nagoya Grampus. Goals from Olivier Giroud, Miyaichi and Theo Walcott made sure the English outfit registered a comfortable victory over the Japanese side.
Miyaichi spent last season on loan with Wigan Athletic. His time at DW Stadium was plagued with injuries, which resulted in a lack of games for the Japanese winger. Wenger believes he is still not ready to be a regular inclusion in Arsenal's starting lineup as the Frenchman waits for the 20-year-old to regain full fitness.
"He is not completely ready physically. He was not completely fit to play but it was a special occasion that I did not want him to miss. He just needs to come back to full fitness and then the rest will come along. His pace, his mobility and his movement off the ball," Wenger explained.
"I like players who can move when others have the ball. There is also his attitude, commitment and desire. That is why I decided to keep him," Arsenal manager concluded.