Arsenal favourites to land long-term target with year left on contract

Arsenal are claimed to leading the race to sign Houssem Aouar from Lyon, a player we actively courted in the summer of 2020.

The France international was hotly on our radar two years ago before we opted to prioritise the signing of Thomas Partey instead, and we have continued to be linked with Aouar’s signature since.

This summer could finally be when we clinch his signing however as the player refuses to extend his contract with his current club, forcing them to consider his exit in fear of losing him for nothing in 12 months time.

The Sun claims that Lyon are now open to his sale this summer, whilst adding that they believe Arsenal are at the head of a long queue of potential suitors across the continent who could make a move for his signature.

We appeared to be considering paying over £50 Million to sign him previously, but with just the one year remaining on his contract you would have to believe that Lyon would be willing to accept a much more realistic fee, and I’d be quite excited to see how he would fit into our side.

His talent is undoubted, and I would love to see if we could land him for a fair price, and the fact that me fits into our recent transfer policy of signing young players with the potential to improve in the coming years also tells me that this isn’t an unrealistic consideration.

Would Aouar command a regular starting berth in our starting line-up?


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  1. why would we sign this player now, unless we care infinitely more about the perception of getting this player for substantially less than originally thought, than the fact that his value has substantially decreased for a logical footballing reason, beyond the obvious contractual one…I would suspect this is little more than a rumour based on the fact that we’re perceived as a “coupon-cutting” organization, so his current financial metrics lean into that specific narrative

  2. Because arsenal is on pressure and they need to sign as early as possible preparing for premier league.

  3. Get Aouer for £15m & Teilimans for £25m to begin the summer sales nice and early. Welcome Saliba & Nelson back into the fold along with the Academy graduates.

    Matteo £11m & Dino £3m will help cover that along with Lucas’ when he ends up leaving also for £12m+ all being well.

    Hopefully Tomi, Partey & Teirney will be all ready for pre season. The whole squad has a year’s experience under their belts now and adding Youri & Houssan as soon as the window opens would be a statement, plus Elneny & Eddies new deals also.

    This then leaves the search for a striker which is going to be tough as that’s is all we will be missing along with a top winger once Pepe departs. I’d always said Gnabry or Gakpo & Nunez or Osimhen would make us challenge if we could pull these sort of deals off!!

      1. We love to see this time doing it right for good signatures as early as possible with likes of Teilimans ,Aouer and osimhen

    1. he hasnt been performing….

      we can get him for free next summer if he performs well and if we need him

  4. Leave him to run his contract down and get him for free after that, that’s what other teams do to us. It’s time we stopped being nice to other teams and let them have a taste of what we always feel.

    1. Agree, wait and get him on a free, and if we miss out no big loss.

      Who would he bench? Not Odegaard, and rather ESR get chances than Auoar.

      Martinelli is better on the wing, and Saka will never come off the bench.

    2. Bayern apparently want Pepe if they can’t get Mane so offer him to them and see what happens just like we have to PSG. Same with Benfica wanting Leno, Nunez in exchange with alot of money. Deals done

  5. Now is the time, next season is dependant on him not leaving for a reduced value this season to a potential rival plus ours and Lyons performance next season, right now we offer Europa, Lyon can’t. Just pay the 15m for a more than adequate rotation player, its not about who he’ll replace it’s about depth too, I’d rather see Aouar rotate with Partey than Xhaka or Elneny. In form and playing well he’s worth 40m+ to me it’s a no brainer.

    1. Now you see what I’m talking about with squad depth & variety of styles with different players in different formations.

  6. This waiting games have not gone well for Arsenal in the past. Aouar is a quality midfielder that scores goals and provides assist and have played well in the champions league before. Arsenal should have acquired him at the time they bought Partey instead. For 13m pounds each now, Arsenal should definitely buy Aouar and Doucoure (26m pounds total) now, instead of buying Tielemans for 34m pounds.

    1. Teilimans only because he has rocked up in the Premier League and bossed ot at rimes and is 24 with enough exp to eventually let Xhaka leave. Plan for future also. Doucoure may nit he ready yet, let him have another season as we need Mo replaced next season and go for him then if he’s available

  7. Aouar is a versatile player and he can play as a number 8, 10 and on the wings, some say he has not been performing but again, how many minutes was he afforded by his coach because of a fracture in their relationship after the very failed move? He can be an odegaard if we sign him and he blends well with his new teammates. On a 15M he would be a coup with no pressure to perform unlike pepe and the expenses! If he fails then we sell him on a profit to Newcastle 😂😂😂

    1. The biggest problem with the arsenal management is they don’t buy players in the right time ie they allow other teams to first buy and them last , like oauer he is anice attacking midfielder but it’s hard for arsenal to finish that deal very early before other teams lands on him.finally we sport nice players but we finally lose them/ fail to sign them.

  8. He should be the backup option if we don’t sign Tielemens. Then add a quality holding midfielder like Ndidi or Doucoure from Lens.

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