Mikel Arteta’s side are interested in signing the young midfielder and O’Rourke has likened him to their former captain.
What’s the latest news involving Onana?
According to RMC Sport, the north London outfit have opened talks with the 20-year-old’s team over a potential move to the Emirates Stadium.
Onana only joined Lille 12 months ago, but his impressive Ligue 1 form has attracted the attention of Arsenal amongst others.
West Ham are also keen on his services and have made the first move, although their £20m offer was knocked back by the French outfit, who claim that he’s not for sale.
Arsenal are looking for cover in their midfield, with Albert Sambi Lokonga enduring a tough first season in English football, which could force Arteta to add some more cover to his squad.
And O’Rourke has drawn similarities to Vieira, who captained the Gunners to three Premier Leagues and four FA Cups during his nine years at the club.
What did O’Rourke say about Onana?
He told GIVEMESPORT: “He’s got the stature of Patrick Vieira, and if he’s half as good as Vieira was for Arsenal then I think Arsenal will be delighted to have him at the club.
“He does have all of the attributes to be a success in England. He’s a good ball player and has great energy.”
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How did Onana perform last season?
Despite catching the eye of the Premier League, 2021-2022 proved a difficult season for the Belgian, even though he ended the campaign by winning his first international cap.
Onana might have made 35 appearances in total, scoring three goals, but he generally found himself on the bench, explaining why he made 11 top-flight starts and two more in the Champions League.
He did gain valuable experience against the likes of Sevilla, Chelsea, and PSG, but his lack of starts would suggest that he would be nothing more than a squad player should be link up with Arteta’s men, similar to his colleague Lokonga.
However, Onana averaged 1.5 tackles per appearance and completed 83.3 per cent of his attempted passes, which proves there’s potential to work with.