Arsenal tipped to pursue deal for £45m-rated summer target

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Things are starting to look up at the Emirates Stadium.

After years of mediocrity it looks like Arsenal may now be on their route back to the top end of English football.

Mikel Arteta's appointment was seen as something of a gamble given his lack of experience in the hotseat, but it seems that supporters had little to worry about.

The Spaniard has transformed the Gunners both on and off the pitch which has seen them look forward.

Four wins from seven games has put Arteta's side in ninth place in the table, but there's a real feeling that there's more to come this season.

A large part of that positive mindset is down to the summer's transfer activity.

As well as tying Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang down to a new deal, Arsenal completed the signings of Gabriel Magalhaes, Willian and Thomas Partey.

The latter arrived on deadline day from Atletico Madrid and has made an immediate impression.

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Houssem Aouar was also linked with a move to north London and according to club legend Ian Wright, the midfielder would be the perfect partner for Partey.

Speaking to Premier League Productions, Wright said: "It is [important] because it's something that's continually labelled towards Arsenal, that they can't beat the big-six teams.

"I think that was something that was a little while back now, not since [Arteta's] been there.

"I think the mentality has changed, the culture in what he's doing has changed, the intensity and the way he wants to play. It's all changed, it's a new Arsenal in what they're trying to do going forward.

"If he can continue to improve, like players improve with his coaching, and then he's then able to add to that with Aouar, who they're trying to get in the midfield alongside Partey, then you've got someone who can create for the forwards.

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"So it's all looking good and winning games like this will only stand you in good stead and give confidence to the team."

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Can you imagine if this came off?

Arsenal pulled off a stunning deal to bring Thomas Partey to the club in the summer and that was a coup in itself.

Valued at £45m by Transfermarkt, Houssem Aouar was also linked with a move but the Gunners were unable to get a deal over the line.

It doesn't mean that they won't revisit it.

Aouar is a top quality player who would undoubtedly move Arsenal forward, and that's what they need in a new arrival.

Seeing these two in a midfield would be something special, and while there's nothing to suggest it will happen, supporters can dream.

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