Arsenal are preparing to match their Premier League rivals in the transfer market and with a substantial transfer kitty promised to Arsene Wenger, the Gunners are already preparing their summer shortlist as they aspire to end their 8-year trophy drought.
And the club has made its first progress in that direction as the Daily Mail understands that the Gunners are ready to firm up their interest in Maxime Gonalons.
Arsenal will scout the Lyon midfielder tomorrow in action against Nancy in Ligue 1 and are reportedly prepared to offer £10 million for the 24-year old French international. With Arsenal not playing its next Premier League game against Wigan for over a week, it is believed that a rather large scouting contingent will be heading to France tonight.
Gonalons has notched up 6 caps since breaking into the French national side and is believed to be a very similar player to Abou Diaby (barring the injury problems). At 6 feet 2 he is the ideal size for a defensive midfielder, and can be a threat in both boxes.