Arsenal battling Manchester City and Juventus for top Ligue 1 star

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Lyon enjoyed a superb victory on Thursday night.

As the Champions League returned, the French side headed to Turin to take on a Juventus side boosted by their Serie A title victory.

Lyon held a 1-0 victory from the first leg, thanks to Lucas Tousart’s 31st-minute goal.

And Memphis Depay’s penalty proved vital in the club’s second meeting with Maurizio Sarri’s men.

He converted from the spot after 12 minutes, leaving Juve needing to score three times to win the tie.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace to bring the Italian giants within a goal, but Lyon stood firm, enjoying a genuinely remarkable victory and booking a quarter-final tie against Manchester City.

And it seems that Europe’s elite have taken note of the French club’s rise in recent weeks.

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GetFootballNewsFrance carried a report from L’Equipe on Friday claiming that midfielder Houssem Aouar is a man in demand.

The midfielder is just 22 and has racked up 135 appearances for the French club, scoring 24 goals and registering 25 assists.

He enjoyed a sterling performance against Juve, having one shot on goal, completing six dribbles, and racking up a pass completion rate of 86%, per WhoScored.

And Juve are among the teams interested in signing him, along with Arsenal and Manchester City.

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Pep Guardiola is said to be a huge fan of the midfielder, who would cost any buying club €60 million (£54.2m) in the summer transfer window.

A deal at that price may make him difficult for the Gunners to sign, but Lyon are said to be hopeful that they can cash in and potentially reinvest in a post-COVID marketplace.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Aouar would be a dream signing for the Gunners.

He is a genuinely exceptional midfield player and his WhoScored statistics paint a picture of a player who can impact the game at both ends of the pitch.

He made 25 appearances in Ligue 1 and averages one key pass per game, a pass success rate of 85.7%, and also registered four assists this season.

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In addition, he averages 1.8 shots per game, 2.6 dribbles, while he is fouled on 1.7 occasions. He mucks in defensively, too, making 1.1 tackles per game, and one foul.

This is a player who would fit right into the Gunners’ system.

He is exceptional on the ball, moves it well, and can also drop into defence and win possession back.

If Arsenal are looking for the missing piece of their jigsaw under Mikel Arteta, Aouar might just be it.

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