Arsenal on Achille's trail
By Patrick Haond. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Arsenal look set to challenge Lyon for the signature of Achille Emana.
Lyon are long-term admirers of the Toulouse midfielder as they view him as the ideal replacement for Michael Essien, after selling the Ghanaian to Chelsea.
However, Tony Adams was in the stands at Lille scouting the highly-rated youngster for Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
"I am here for Emana," the former England captain told L'Equipe.
"Arsene Wenger asked me to come and see him play.
"I believe he is looking for a midfielder to replace Patrick Vieira."
Lyon officials were also in attendance for Wednesday evening's 0-0 draw but Les Violets chairman Olivier Sadran has no desire to sell the African ace.
"I have not tried to find a replacement," said Sadran. "Because I think Achille will stay.
"I have an agreement with the player.
"If Lyon give us a cheque with the required bank guarantees, he will leave.
"But be careful, the price is é¼7 million (£4.77 million), that means there are several other things besides, but I won't tell you what."
Meanwhile, l'OL supremo Jean-Michel Aulas has definitely refused to allow Pierre Alain Frau to leave on loan, despite late interest from Lens.