By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has played down suggestions he may move for Yoann Gourcuff in the transfer window.

The 25-year-old Lyon midfielder has seen his season hampered by an ankle injury but is approaching full fitness now. Wenger believes the French international will be back to his best in the second half of the campaign but, speaking after the 1-1 draw with Wolves, the manager distanced himself from rumours of a January transfer.

“We have choices in midfield,” he said. “We have Diaby and 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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28 Dec 2011