After the signings of Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard, Arsenal have strengthened in positions they have been looking to improve since the start of the transfer window.
However, Arteta has remained adamant that the Gunners’ transfer business is not yet finished as the transfer window draws to a close.
Due to Arsenal’s failure to score in the Premier League so far this season, they have been criticised for the lack of creativity in the squad, but this issue could be deemed extinct due to a helping hand in the transfer market.
Houssem Aouar, a creative player who Arsenal desperately tried to sign last summer has been put on the transfer list by Lyon which reignited the North London club’s interest.
Transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano speaking on The Arsenal Lounge said: “Aouar is a player they [Arsenal] love. They like Aouar. They are still waiting to see what happens with Lyon,”
The Lyon man managed seven goals from midfield in 30 league games last season, which was more than the goals scored in the league by Arsenal’s central midfield combined last season (5).
The Gunners have failed to replace Aaron Ramsey, when it comes to having a goal-scoring midfielder in the squad, but the Frenchman could certainly answer this problem.
However it isn’t the 23-year-old’s goal-scoring ability that makes him a no-brainer to sign for Arsenal.
It is his ability to be press resistant. In arguably what is his greatest strength, Aouar has a similar ball-retention to PSG midfielder Marco Veratti and with Arteta favouring a slow build-up possession orientated system, he would fit perfectly into the side.
The French international dribbled past 55 players last season, whilst current Arsenal central midfielder, Granit Xhaka dribble passed 11.
There are shades of Santi Cazorla to his game in terms of having an attacking midfielder output from the number 8 position – The Spaniard being another player that Arsenal have yet to replace.
Having a player with excellent ball retention such as Aouar in a pivot alongside Thomas Partey would certainly help with a possession-based system.
With the likely departures of Willian and Reiss Nelson, it also opens up the opportunity for the Frenchman to be positioned on the wing as he has done previously for Lyon.
The acquisition would make sense considering how cheap he can signed for as Get French Football News are now reporting that the Ligue 1 outfit are willing to let Aouar leave on a loan deal with an obligation to buy next summer.
With the Gunners not being required to spend a penny on him this season, it gives the club room to spend heavily on a right-back which the need for a player in this position has reached critical status.
So, not only does the signing of Aouar make sense to improve the team but the economic factors should give the Gunners the green light to push through with this transfer.
Source by Football London