Arsenal will not be signing Houssem Aouar before tonight’s 11pm deadline…
That’s according to renowned Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, who delivered a fresh claim on the Gunners’ imminent plans to Twitter.
“Arsenal are not interested in signing Houssem Aouar in these final hours. There are currently no talks with OL for Aouar,” he said.
“Arsenal are only focused on Tomiyasu deal to be announced [medical today] & outgoings, as Bellerin to Real Betis still to be resolved.”
The 23-year-old Lyon midfielder nearly signed for the Gunners on deadline day last summer but both teams failed to come to an agreement over his fee.
Interest in his services were reignited back in early July after ESPN reported that the north London giants were mulling over a potential offer. They also claimed that Aouar’s value had decreased from €65m (£55m) to just €25m (£21.5m).
And despite the return of the playmaking Martin Odegaard this month, it certainly seems that many supporters around the Emirates Stadium are truly gutted by Romano’s latest update.
In response to his tweet, plenty of fans vented their anger. “That’s ruined my day,” said one. “Not getting in another midfielder is criminal,” claimed another, whilst a further member of the Gunners faithful described it as “absolutely baffling” – as relayed by HITC.
Indeed, Mikel Arteta could probably do with another midfielder in his engine room, particularly someone of Aouar’s profile as he’s the sort of box-to-box no.8 that would fit the Spaniard’s system.
The Frenchman is a threat in midfield, having provided 18 goals and 14 assists across the previous two seasons, on top of an average of two key passes and a 86.8% passing accuracy in 2020/21 alone, via WhoScored.
His ability to play the role is bolstered by a lofty comparison to Andres Iniesta, which goes to show exactly the sort of player the Gunners would be getting.
None of Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka or Odegaard are in this mould, and the former is currently out injured, leading to a baffling and unbalanced selection at the weekend. Arteta paired the other two with Emile Smith Rowe against defending champions Manchester City, and were thumped 5-0.
“I’m a big fan of Aouar. I’ve often likened him to Andres Iniesta, which is obviously a big shout because, for me, he is one of the greatest players of all-time,” claimed Ligue 1 expert Adam White to Football FanCast.
“I don’t necessarily mean in quality but in style. He has silky movement and drifts in midfield to pick passes. At his best, he is absolutely brilliant to watch and he can play anywhere in midfield. He’s great on the ball and technically outstanding. His vision is brilliant. He’s a huge talent.”
It’s no wonder there are many fuming that Arsenal will not make a move for Aouar before tonight’s deadline.
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