Arsenal fail with bid for defender
Published 22:30 10/01/12 By John Cross
Arsenal have had an approach for Lyon full-back Aly Cissokho knocked back.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants to bring in a left-back on loan and was keen on the 24-year-old French international.
However, Lyon have made it clear that they are not willing to do a loan deal - but will sell for £8million.
Wenger though has insisted he will not do a permanent deal as he still has faith in currently injured pair Andre Santos and Kieran Gibbs.
Santos is out until at least March and Gibbs is hoping to be back this month, while Thomas Vermaelen, who can play left-back, is targeting the Manchester United game on January 22 fo a comeback, so Wenger is only interested in a short term fix.
Defender Johan Djourou is fit to return at Swansea on Sunday, which will ease the blow of losing Francis Coquelin for up to three weeks to a hamstring injury suffered against Leeds on Monday.