Arsenal: Mikel Arteta addresses Houssem Aouar transfer rumours
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Arsenal are interested in snapping up Houssem Aouar from Lyon, reports state. The France international was eyed by Mikel Arteta 12 months ago, only for the Gunners to recruit Thomas Partey instead. However, they’re hopeful they can now succeed at the second time of asking when it comes to bringing the playmaker to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are determined to make a statement this summer.
And with the club still seeking a long-term replacement for Mesut Ozil, who joined Fenerbahce in January, Aouar is back on their radar.
Reports in France stated the Gunners had bid for the Lyon star on Tuesday evening, 12 months after they’d first tried to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.
And, now, ESPN say Arsenal are firming up their interest.
It’s claimed the north London giants will need to offload at least one midfielder first, however, before bringing him to north London.
Matteo Guendouzi has already been loaned to Ligue 1 side Marseille, with the talented Frenchman not in Arteta’s plans for the long term.
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Grant Xhaka is in talks with Roma about a move, with Jose Mourinho determined to bring him to the Stadio Olympico as he looks to win the Scudetto in his first season.
And Arsenal are said to be offers for Lucas Torreira, while there’s uncertainty over the futures of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Joe Willock following their loan spells at West Brom and Newcastle.
Aouar, for his part, is said to be open to a move to the Premier League.
And he won’t rule out a move to Arsenal, despite originally hoping La Liga giants Barcelona and Real Madrid would come in for him.
And Lyon have changed their asking price, now wanting a fee in the region of £22million instead of the £32m they were demanding 12 months ago.
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Arsenal are yet to make a bid, it’s been claimed, contrary to what reports in France had said.
Yet whether they’re successful in signing Aouar, who is also on the radar of Paris Saint-Germain, is something only time will tell.
Meanwhile, it was claimed on Tuesday that the 23-year-old had missed Lyon training in order to force a move away from the club.
“Once again, unfortunately another fake news was published across social media,” the Lyon star said in a statement.
“I don’t usually answer what’s been said about me… I was sick and hospitalised over the weekend.
“I am doing much better now and I am ready for what comes next.
“Thank you to those who have always supported me, in the good as well as in the mad moments. Go OL!”
Speaking in October, Aouar insisted he’s made the right decision to stay at Lyon amid interest from Arsenal.
“Of course, I asked myself all the necessary questions,” said the midfielder.
“I am in the headspace to have a great season with my club and recover the points that we have lost.
“So, of course, we are going to try have the best season and to try to put the team and the club back in its rightful place at the top of France.”
On whether he was disappointed, he added: “I’m the opposite. I am at home, in the club that I love, with my friends and my family.
“So certainly I have all my bearings and it is giving me even more motivation to have a good season.
“I want to bring the club back to the top places in Ligue 1.
“There is a lot of motivation, we have a quality group, with a very good team. Most notably in attack with certain arrivals.
“We have satisfied with this team but now we are going to have to show it on the pitch a bit more than we have done at the beginning of this season.”
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