Arsenal face battle for French star

Arsenal look set for a battle to land long-term target Maxime Gonalons, with reports from talkSPORT suggesting that Atletico Madrid are now keen on the Lyon ace.

The French midfielder has been a player in the radar of the Gunners for some time after developing into one of the key stars at the Stade Gerland.

Gonalons has once again starred his term, with his composed performances in the middle of the pitch having been a big part of OL’s rise to the top of the Ligue 1 table.

And although Arsenal have been watching him for some time, Atleti are now keen.

The Spaniards are said to be looking at the 25-year-old as they plan ahead for the summer transfer window.

However, their pursuit of the versatile ace – who can also play in defence – may end in disappointment, with Gonalons keen to stay with Lyon as they move to their new stadium next season.