Gourcuff's injury problems, however, scuppered his plans.
"I was interested in Yoann Gourcuff because at one time he was available," Wenger revealed to Eurosport. "Unfortunately, we were in a hurry. We had to have players performing soon.
"He was at that time about to have surgery. The timing was not good for us. But I had learned of his medical condition.
"Unfortunately, we were in doubt because it was not certain if Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas would leave."