Top Arsenal midfield target gives fresh hope over Emirates switch

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Top Arsenal target Houssem Aouar is still dreaming of a move to the Premier League one day, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

The Lyon attacking midfielder was linked with a move to the Gunners throughout the summer.

However, Arsenal’s offer for Aouar came up short and the France star ended up remaining in Ligue 1.

Mikel Arteta’s men eventually bolstered their engine room with the addition of Thomas Partey. But they are still in the market for a more offensive player and have seemingly been given hope over a deal.

Romano revealed that Aouar could still head to England, although the Gunners are also looking at an alternative.

He told the Here We Go podcast, as cited by SportsMole: “[Aouar] is in love with the Premier League, so let’s see what Arsenal will decide.

“What I’m told is that Arsenal are looking to sign this kind of player. They were looking [at] Aouar, they are now considering the situation of Dominik Szoboszlai.

“The situation is that Arsenal [have been] following Szoboszlai [for] years. So, let’s see what will happen next summer or January, but Arsenal are following the player.”

The agent of Szoboszlai recently confirmed that the north London side were keen in his client.

The Hungary star’s current contract runs out in 2022, while Aouar’s Lyon deal expires in 2023.

That would make Szoboszlai a significantly cheaper option for Arsenal, if they decided to take that route.


Arteta gives backing to struggling Willian

Mikel Arteta has fiercely defended Willian and is adamant the Brazilian will soon hit top form for Arsenal.

Willian joined the Gunners on a free transfer from London rivals Chelsea in the summer. He made a brilliant start too, providing three assists on his debut in a routine win at Fulham.



But he has yet to get on the scoresheet for the Gunners and has failed to provide a Premier League assist since his debut.

A niggling ankle injury saw him sidelined for a short spell and even Arteta admitted he needed minutes again to get going.

As such, many feel his impact has been disappointing, given that he has seven years experience in English football.

Willian, 32, is yet to click completely with his new teammates – but Arteta is backing that to change. Read more…