Arsenal were extremely keen on signing Houssem Aouar from Olympique Lyon before the international transfer window slammed shut early this month, by all accounts, including a few hints from the player himself. In the end nothing happened on that front, and with all we’ve seen and read, it seems very likely that Arsenal simply couldn’t afford to present Lyon with an acceptable offer after being obliged to trigger the release clause of Thomas Partey. They had to choose, and Partey was probably seen as the greater of the two needs at this particular moment.
However, some reports have suggested that the Gunners might decide to go back for Aouar, and with Mesut Ozil set to finally leave the club at the end of the season and significantly ease the strain on the club’s finances, there could actually be a possibility of adding another creative midfielder to the ranks. In fact, with Partey already in, along with Gabriel Magalhaes at the back, that is probably what this team needs the most right now.
But signing Aouar in the near future might soon become much more difficult. Reports in Italy claim Juventus are looking into the player’s availability, with Calciomercato even saying that an ‘exploratory’ phone call between the Ligue 1 side and the Serie A champions took place recently. There’s no denying the fact that trophies are almost guaranteed with the Old Lady, which is much more than Arsenal can boast of at this point in their transition, despite the FA Cup and Community Shield triumphs at the end of 2019/20.