Arsenal have held conversations over signing £54m star

Houssem Aouar

Arsenal's transfer window so far has been an exciting one, but it's not been short of drama.

We are still awaiting confirmation of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's new contract, a saga that has rumbled on for weeks now.

However, we did finally receive the news that Gabriel was an Arsenal player on Tuesday. 

The Brazilian put pen to paper on a long-term contract, switching Lille for north London.

Willian has also arrived, following in the footsteps of Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari who signed permanently following their initial loan moves earlier this summer.

It looks as though further business could be conducted, though.

Thomas Partey remains a target for the Gunners but it's thought they'll have to sell some players if they want to lure the Atletico midfielder to the Emirates. The same can be said for their new target.

Gabriel in action for Lille

The Athletic's David Ornstein revealed on Tuesday that PSG were interested in signing full-back Hector Bellerin.

A fee of £25m has been touted for his services but that wasn't the most eye-catching part of his article.

Arsenal have previously been linked with Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar and in some fresh news, he revealed that a deal could well be on the cards.

He wrote: "Arsenal want to bring in Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey — he has a €50 million release clause — and conversations have taken place over the Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar.”

Aouar has been talked about in the bracket of £54m, a considerable fee for a club who don't have too many funds to spend this summer.

The Gunners have been on a cost-cutting spree, making 55 members of staff redundant and binning Raul Sanllehi. 


GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

A player of Aouar's quality has the ability to transform Arsenal's midfield, mainly because he's not one dimensional. 

The Gunners have a plethora of central players in their ranks but none really have the ability to affect the play in the final third.

In the Premier League, no midfielder scored more than once last term. Considering they previously had someone like Aaron Ramsey to rely on in that area, it left a huge gaping hole when he departed for Juventus.

Aouar, however, could help make up for that.

He scored four goals in Ligue 1 for Lyon last term and also laid on three assists. However, it's his calmness and composure on the ball that stands out above anything. 


The Frenchman completed 85.7% of his passes last season and starred against Manchester City in the Champions League recently.

He picked up one assist, made two tackles and also performed four dribbles. He is an elite ball carrier, something that hasn't been seen in the middle of Arsenal's side since Santi Cazorla.

Aouar makes things happen, completing 2.6 dribbles per match in the league last season. That's more than the effervescent Nicolas Pepe, for example.

This would be an astute capture. 

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