Should Arsenal target Aouar as an Odegaard alternative?

Lyon star available on a cut-price deal

According to Lequipe, Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar is available for a nominal fee of €25-30 million.

The 22-year-old was heavily linked with the likes of Arsenal, Juventus and Paris Saint Germain last year, but any deal failed to materialize due to the French club’s asking price of around €50 million.

The Gunners tested Lyon’s resolve by making two bids for the French in September last year, with the second bid believed to be close to €38 million.

The President of the Ligue 1 side, Jean-Michel Aulas, later told Canal+, “There was a timid offer. We felt like they didn’t consider the fact that this is a player in the French national team.

He continued, “So, it was an offer that did not even make us consider making a sale.”

The London club then went onto completing the signing of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid on transfer deadline day.

However, the void of a central attacking midfielder was duly missed by Mikel Arteta, as the side went on one of the club’s worst starts in the League since the 1974/75 campaign.

With the emergence of Emile Smith Rowe and the loan signing of Martin Odegaard, Arsenal looked a different prospect in the second half of the season.

But the Real Madrid loanee returned to the Spanish capital after the Premier League season concluded last weekend.

With the uncertainty revolving around Odegaard’s future, Arsenal are rationally keeping a close eye on other alternatives.

The North London outfit’s interest in Norwich star Emi Buendia is well documented. However, with the price at which Aouar is available, the Gunners should be seriously considering that option too.

Lyon failed to make the Champions League for a second successive season, after Nice’s on loan signing William Saliba scored a 57th minute winner.

The loss meant the French side finished fourth, one place outside the Champions League qualification spot in Ligue 1.

Several reports in France say that OL are desperate to cut their losses due to the pandemic, and thus will listen to offers for their prized assets.

Should Arsenal chase Houssem Aouar? Drop your thoughts in the comments below.

Yash Bisht

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14 Comments

  1. hans andersson says:

    I think Aouar is better than Ödegård. But I want both Aouar and Buendia. Both.

    1. Atid says:

      Buenduia is going to atletico. He stated he wants to play at the highest level and with fellow argue as manager, I think that is that.

      I think we should focus on Smith-Rowe, Willock, Niles, Torreira, Guendozi, Partey, xhaka, Elneny

      I still want to see this 433 starting line up
      Leno
      Chambers Saliba Gabriel Tierney
      Saka Partey Smith-Rowe
      Pepe Aubameyang Martinelli

    2. Zeek says:

      I agree. We need both. its like signing Rosicky and Carzola together.

  2. Obasuyi Silva osamagumwende says:

    Yes
    Let’s sign both Arouar and buendia and sell willock to Newcastle

  3. Grantygooner says:

    Aouar has been poor this season. Do we really need another misfiring midfielder who may take ages to settle?

  4. Mourice says:

    I think it’s a golden opportunity for arsenal to their long waiting player.

  5. Junior says:

    ESR? Forget AOUR please!!. No doubt welcome BUENDEA & BISSO, let MO go back AFC seems to be his 2nd joice

  6. Havyn says:

    We rather sign Buendia. Odegaard slows down the game and his goal tally is not good enough

  7. Loose Cannon says:

    Enough of these continental players doing nothing for our club, just enjoying the London life and the wage.Proof is that we are a midtable team. Our home grown lads – Holding, Tierney, Saka, ESR, Chambers have kept us a decent 9th rather than 15th where we were end of last year. No coincidence we improved after the exit of Ozil, Mustafi, Kolasinac and Socrates, but it was too late, should have been gone last summer.
    Add Pepe, Auba (maybe his first poor season in his career) and Partey (had great potential at AM), and Martenelli, Marri, Matt Ryan (hope he signs for us) and we have the core team. Bring back Willock, Saliba, add Belogun and we have depth in the squad. Need understudies to Matt Ryan, Chambers, Tierney, a new CDM, new target striker. IMO, get Emi as a playmaker to rotate with ESR – proven in the very physical Championship, the Genk striker Paul and promote U23s as back ups.

  8. Free says:

    We should focus on getting Buendia.
    It’s clearly obvious he is exactly what we need. He is physical as well as gifted and will fight for tie shirt because he wants to play for us.
    Auaor hear is not with Arsenal. He is flaky.

    It should be Bissouma, Buendia, a left back back up, Max Aarons to replace Hector, with Chambers competing for that spot.
    Another young striker like Oduaard or the lad from Genk to replace Eddie and eventually Laca when he leaves.next year.

    Then we promote Balogun and Azeez to first team also.

    That is a winning formula.
    Now if we could just replace Edu with Luis Campos From Lille or Overmaars we would probably get a proper manager as well.

    1. Grandad says:

      Where exactly would he play Free, and at who’s expense.ESR, Saka ,Pepe?

      1. Davi says:

        It’s the same for whoever we sign – with Odegaard leaving, the next names after the three you mention are Willian or Nelson, so I think a player is needed.

  9. Uche says:

    Let’s focus on Buendia and get Bissouma as well instead of Aouar. We don’t want players that see arsenal as second option. Buendia gave reason why he opted to stay with Norwich in January and it was a cogent reason (To help the team finish the race in championship). I learnt he is interested in coming to arsenal. Let’s just seal the deal. Bissouma is an arsenal fan and also a good midfielder that will compliment Partey, but we have Xhaka and Elneny at the moment , except if Elneny would leave, then we sign Bissouma.
    We need another creative central midfielder so as to replace odeegard if he is not coming back.
    I prefer Buendia and any other creative fast player, Odegaard is good, but he is not the priority in my opinion. He is highly one-legged

  10. Abdul iliyasu salifu says:

    My dream Arsenal team next season will be.

    Leno
    Max Aarrons
    Saliba
    Holding/Gabriel
    Tierney
    Partey
    Bissuoma
    Nerves
    Saka/pepe
    Buendia
    Martinelli

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