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Fabrizio Romano talks Reiss Nelson, Houssem Aouar 0

Posted on November 01, 2022 by Veselin Trajkovic

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.

Arsenal given green light to spend £250m on transfers 0

Posted on July 13, 2021 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal owners Kroenke Sports & Entertainment have reportedly given the club the green light to spent £250 million on incoming transfers this summer. That is according to the 90min portal, who have pointed out that manager Mikel Arteta would thus be given a chance to rebuild his team to a degree that should be sufficient to turn their on-field fortunes around, following a ninth-place finish in the Premier League and failure to qualify for any European competition.

It’s worth pointing out that 90min is hardly what you’d call a reliable source at this point, but if true, the claim appears to confirm the promise the Kroenkes gave to the supporters following the European Super League fiasco a few months ago.

Edu on midfielder search, Saliba and faith in Arteta 0

Posted on December 16, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

After failing to sign Houssem Aouar from Olympique Lyon late in the summer transfer window, Arsenal reportedly explored the possibility of bringing Dominik Szoboszlai of RB Salzburg to the Emirates. The Hungary international chose, however, to stay within the Red Bull family and is now set to sign for Leipzig.

Nonetheless, these attempts, coupled with the exclusion of Mesut Ozil from the squad, are obvious signs that the Gunners are working on adding some creativity to the midfield section. Speaking to a fan forum (as relayed by Sky Sports), technical director Edu confirmed that is indeed the case.

Isco, Eriksen, Aouar, Szoboszlai – recent Arsenal links 0

Posted on November 19, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal made some excellent acquisitions in the transfer market this summer, most notably defensive midfielder Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid and centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille OSC. However, manager Mikel Arteta obviously wanted an attacking midfielder brought in as well, but the club reportedly failed to reach an agreement with Olympique Lyon for Houssem Aouar and the boss’s wish remains to be hopefully fulfilled in one of the next two windows.

Arsenal already planning for next summer 0

Posted on November 16, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

It has been a significant summer this year in terms of incoming transfers at Arsenal. The Gunners obtained the services of defender Gabriel Magalhaes, defensive midfielder Thomas Partey, winger Willian and replaced the departed Emiliano Martinez with Runar Alex Runarsson as the number two goalkeeper. They also extended the loan of midfielder Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid by another year, as well as the contract of defender David Luiz, and turned the previous loan spells of defenders Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares into permanent ones. But perhaps the most impotant piece of business of all was captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang signing a new contract. Arsenal reportedly made a late effort to bring in Houssem Aouar from Olympique Lyon, but that did not come through.

Juventus to enter Aouar race? 0

Posted on October 16, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

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.

Could Arsenal return for Aouar? 0

Posted on October 13, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal were obviously very interested in signing Houssem Aouar from Olympique Lyon this summer, and it’s easy to see the reasons for it. The 22-year-old attacking midfielder boasts considerable work-rate and tremendous skill, and would likely provide the team with additional creative sparks, helping the already formidable forward line shine even more.

Two bids for his services have been submitted and rejected by the Ligue 1 side during the summer transfer window, and Aouar stayed in Lyon. As he revealed to French outlet Telefoot (via the Mirror), he doesn’t mind staying there for another season; he is happy in the city and the club he calls his own. He also likes working with sporting director Juninho Pernambucano, with whom he spoke several times about a proposed departure which so far hasn’t come to pass.

Arsenal consider second Aouar bid 0

Posted on September 28, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal are currently considering making a second bid for Houssem Aouar of Olympique Lyon, according to The Times.

The Gunners had reportedly already submitted one, believed to have been set at £35 million, which Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas apparently branded as way off.

Aulas seems to be trying to create a picture that his club don’t want to sell Aouar at all. He says he sees the 22-year-old midfielder as the right man to lead their team back to the Champions League after their extremely disappointing 2019/20 campaign in the French top flight, which saw them finish in seventh place and miss out on European football altogether.

Atletico keen on Torreira loan, Arsenal consider Partey alternatives 0

Posted on September 25, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Atletico Madrid are keen to secure a loan deal for Lucas Torreira, according to Sky Sports, and what’s more, they’re increasingly confident about getting such a deal done soon.

The two clubs are currently locked in negotiations. While the Spanish side wish for a temporary move at this point, Arsenal are keen to make it permanent with Torreira having no place in manager Mikel Arteta’s plans, and they need the funds potentially generated through that sale in order to sign a midfielder who would be of more use to the Gunners’ boss. Along with outcasts Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi, Torreira is yet to appear on a matchday team-sheet this season.

Arsenal transfer rumours: Aouar, Partey, Chambers, Guendouzi 0

Posted on September 22, 2020 by Veselin Trajkovic

Arsenal have apparently been given a double blow in their effort to strengthen the midfield section. The two players they’ve recently been linked the most in that aspect are Houssem Aouar of Olympique Lyon and Thomas Partey of Atletico Madrid.

According to The Telegraph, Aouar and his representatives have been contacted by an unnamed Champions League club, and that puts a rather obvious obstacle in the Gunners’ path to bring him to the Emirates. One of those clubs could potentially be Bayern Munich, who lost the services of Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool a few days ago. It has also been claimed that Serie A champions Juventus have been monitoring the 22-year-old for a while with a view of taking him to Turin.

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