More viable Partey/Aouar alternative identified by Arsenal

Amadou Diawara has been identified as an alternative transfer target for Arsenal.

The Gunners have been strongly linked with both Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey in recent months, but the club has so far struggled to raise funds through sales in order to justify the outlay.

Football.London claims that Diawara is now a potential signing should we continue to struggle to offload squad members, although their recent goalkeeper exchange has boosted the coffers.

The Guardian states that Aston Villa have just paid us a £20 Milliion fee to sign Emiliano Martinez, following his heroics at Wembley which saw us win two pieces of silverware. We have already moved to bring in his replacement for under 10% of that amount, with TalkSPORT claiming a fee of just £1.5 Million was paid to Dijon for his signature.

The above is our only sale during the current window however, whilst we have agreed deals to sign Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares, Willian, Runarsson and Gabriel Magalhaes, and time is now running on exits.

There is around two weeks remaining of the current transfer window, and while we are keen on adding another midfielder to our squad, offloading some of the current crop could well be more of a priority.

Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi and Sokratis are all currently being linked with moves according to various outlets including the Standard, but nothing looks relatively concrete as of yet.

Will Arsenal have to give up on signing one/both of Aouar and Partey due to our struggles to offload our current members? Would Diawara be a good fit for a lower fee?


Tags Amadou Diawara Houssem Aouar Thomas Partey


  1. Partey or bust. Elneny could easily do what Diawara does. He’s one for the future (2- yrs) not an alternative to Partey. The club needs a proven midfielder rn.

  2. Personally, I would like to see a midfield of Partey (box to box), Aouar (AM) and Diawara, Soumare or Marc Roca, as designated DM. Soumare would be dearer as Lille would drive a hard bargain. Diawara from Roma has a few injury concerns. Marc Roca from relegated Espanyol may be available for around €20 million, now that Atletico Madrid may have lost interest.
    The dream though would be to swap Guendouzi for Kante from Chelsea.
    With a midfield three of Partey, Aouar and Kante Arsenal would really pose a threat.

    1. You do realise you are dreaming right? Your wet dream will never happen with Stingy Stan holding the purse strings.

      1. Jon, as I have been around the block a few times, I certainly do realize the realities of life. I’m only putting forward my views on what could have been, if money hadn’t been squandered on other players.
        Kroenke doesn’t come into it, because the money has been available.
        Marc Roca as DM would improve Arsenal and costs less from relegated Espanyol (under €20 million), than what Arsenal received for Martinez.

  3. We need to sign our first choices or else we will be stuck in the same situation as we are in now with a load of player we brought to “make do for now” and being unable to move them on

  4. You dont need partley.

    Arsenal only need 3 more players .
    upamecano centre back.
    Aouir attacking midfielder.
    Ibrahim sangare defencive midfielder.
    All three have youth and the best for arsenal for years to come .

  5. Diawara would be insane stupidity.

    If they somehow balls this up to the extent that they cant get to Parteys minuscule release clause despite an unheralded windfall of 20m for a guy who wouldn’t have cost 1m 15 games ago, they should hang their head and take their licks. Torreira is an excellent player..far bette than diawara.. he just isn’t a scheme fit. Similarly, I’m not as high as guendouzi as some, but hes not being shopped because hes dead weight. Point is, these are two excellent reserves..not deadweight like elneny and mustafi. If they are so incompetent that they can’t raise what they need for the top guys, dont squander the cash reserves for the sake of it on mediocrity. Sit tight, see how Xhaka and the excellent Ceballos get on with some help from the more than useful LT and MG.

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