Arsenal reportedly still interested in move for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 7: Houssem Aouar of France reacts during the international friendly match between France and Ukraine at Stade de France on October 7, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Aouar attracts interest from around Europe

Houssem Aouar, 22, has been on Lyon’s books since 2009.

Since breaking into the first-team ranks of the Ligue 1 giants for the first time at the beginning of 2017, meanwhile, the Lyon native has gone on to establish himself as one of the most highly-regarded talents in French football.

All told, the youngster has notched 143 appearances across all competitions for Lyon, chipping in with 26 goals and 28 assists along the way.

Such impressive displays have seen a host of Europe’s top clubs, including Manchester CityJuventus and Arsenal, linked with the midfielder.

It was the latter of this trio who were of course rumoured to have expressed the most intense interest this past summer.

In the end, though, Arsenal opted to sign another midfielder, in the form of Thomas Partey.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 17: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal talks to Thomas Partey of Arsenal before making his debut during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on October 17, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 17: Mikel Arteta, Manager of Arsenal talks to Thomas Partey of Arsenal before making his debut during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Arsenal at Etihad Stadium on October 17, 2020 in Manchester, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Arsenal still interested in Aouar

Partey, despite his limited minutes as a Gunner thus far, looks set to improve Mikel Arteta’s midfield considerably, with his defensive prowess, and ability to drive play forward, characteristics that have been sorely lacking from the north Londoners’ ranks in the middle of the park for some time.

Despite the Ghanaian’s predicted impact, though, Arsenal still appear to be interested in Aouar.

As per a report from the Daily Mail, citing Italian outlet Tuttosport, the Gunners remain keen on the Lyon star’s signature.

However, they are expected to face stiff competition from Juventus.

Aouar himself recently commented on his failure to secure a summer move away from the Groupama Stadium, but was quick to assure that he remains happy with Lyon:

“I am happy, this is my city and this my club.

“I am proud to represent this club, I have so much motivation to make a great season.

“We made a choice, I’m happy to stay here. Aulas and Juninho convinced me to stay in Lyon.”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.

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