It’s been a long time since Arsenal were linked with Houssem Aouar of Olympique Lyon, hasn’t it?
The 24-year-old (it feels like yesterday when we wrote about him as a 22-year-old) was indeed on Arsenal’s wish list in the past by all accounts, but the acquisition of Martin Odegaard on a permanent transfer from Real Madrid seemed to have put a stop to those stories for a while. Now, however, Aouar is in the final season of contract at Lyon, and it’s only natural for all sorts of rumours to be popping up, including the revival of those involving Arsenal.
Interestingly enough, Nottingham Forest, who were beaten 5-0 by the rampant Gunners on Sunday at the Emirates, were one of the clubs interested in Aouar during the summer, though they did make a total of 23 first-team signings anyway. Sevilla are believed to have tried as well, but obviously nothing happened.
Be that as it may, Fabrizio Romano says that at the moment, there no talks between Arsenal and Aouar or his representatives.
And speaking of Romano and Nottingham Forest, the Italian transfer specialist reflected on the way this year’s summer went for Reiss Nelson, who secured the victory for Arsenal against Steve Cooper’s team by coming on for Bukayo Saka to score the second and the third goal. Apparently, the 22-year-old winger had several offers to leave North London on loan for the season and boost his experience, but he chose to stay put and fight for game-time here.
Manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly very impressed by Nelson’s attitude in training, and following the brace against Forest, he might well start giving him more minutes in the Premier League, possibly even starts. So far, Nelson was named to start only once this season, the 0-1 triumph away to Bodo/Glimt in the Europa League. The Forest match was his first league appearance of the campaign, and he obviously marked it in style.