Arsenal look to be building a squad that Mikel Arteta wants over this transfer window as most of the current set up are players he has inherited as he only took over last December.
The FA Cup win will give the board more confidence to back the Spaniard and the latest transfer news has seen them linked to a midfielder from Ligue 1.
According to Matt Spiro, who is a France-based football writer and L’Equipe, Lyon expect to sell Houssem Aouar this summer, but the only offer they’ve received so far has come from Arsenal, who have offered money plus Matteo Guendouzi for the midfielder. Arteta is supposedly a big fan and Edu has been in contact with Lyon sporting director Juninho.
Lyon haven’t responded to the offer yet, whilst fellow Premier League side Manchester City, as well as Italian side Juventus are interested.
The 22 year-old Frenchman already looks to have the potential to become a great player as he made 25 appearances in Ligue 1 last season, scoring three and assisting two, via WhoScored, whilst averaging 1.1 tackles, 1.8 shots, one key pass and 2.6 successful dribbles per game.
This highlights that he is very good at being a creative threat, whilst also being able to break up opposition attacks if needed, and he would be a good addition for the Gunners squad. He also featured eight times in the Champions League, scoring one goal and picking up four assists, showing he can perform well at the toughest level.
It would also be perfect if they could work out a deal involving Guendouzi as it would mean they can use a lot less money which would be very helpful as the club have to be careful with their finances following recent events. It is also good because Guendouzi is not favoured by Arteta so the Gunners would be getting rid of dead wood.
All-in-all Aouar would be a great signing and would fill the hole in the middle which has been left by Dani Ceballos as he has headed back to Real Madrid after his loan move expired.
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