Should Arsenal buy Houssem Aouar? by Assndir.
In the first half of the 20/21 season, Arsenal had dreadful performance after dreadful performance due to the lack of one of many things, a solid creative midfielder.
However, after the introduction of Emile Smith-Rowe on Boxing Day and Martin Odegaard’s loan from Real Madrid in the January transfer window, Arsenal were seeing more goal-scoring chances and the overall performance of the Arsenal team.
Despite this, Martin Odegaard (Arsenal’s reported top target) has returned to the Santiago Bernabeau and it seems that new Los Blancos manager Carlo Ancelotti has included him in his plans, as well as the big price tag that will come with the Norwegian. I doubt that Smith-Rowe can play 38 full games next season.
Arsenal has been linked with multiple number 10s with names including: Isco, Nabil Fekir and Jack Grealish. There is one name though that is more prevalent than the others, Houssem Aouar of Lyon FC.
His name might be recognisable by you because of how Arsenal were favourites to sign him in the previous summer window along with Thomas Partey. Unfortunately, Lyon were asking for too much and the deal fell through.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Lyon has reduced their asking price for Aouar from 60m euros to 28m euros. Even though he has had a relatively poor season in Ligue 1, Aouar is a player of great quality and he is only 22 so there is definitely a lot of room for improvement.
The Frenchman has an excellent eye for key passes, well every sort of pass, and is a sure goal-scoring midfielder, something that Arsenal has not had for a while. He is also a terrific dribbler and is quite two-footed (which should please GAI!). His ball retention stats are incredible – he is dispossessed only 1.2 times per 90. He is an unpressable player, when players mark him he makes long passes or takes long shots, which find the net very often.
In my opinion, Aouar is one of the important pieces of the puzzle that Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are trying to build. Arsenal should go all out for Aouar as his addition to the squad will help us challenge for top four.