Arsenal are reportedly keen on Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.
Arsenal brought in two signings in January, with Mikel Arteta choosing to bolster his defensive options by bringing in Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares.
Both players are fighting for permanent moves, but Arteta is no doubt already eyeing other summer targets, with a creative midfielder surely a priority.
Mesut Ozil’s future seems unclear, Dani Ceballos is only on loan, whilst it may be too soon for Emile Smith Rowe to take such an important role.
The Daily Mail now report that Arsenal have a host of playmaking targets in mind, including James Maddison, Orkun Kokcu and Mohammed Ihattaren, but Houssem Aouar is also in the mix.
The Lyon star has become one of the most highly-regarded young midfielders in Europe since emerging in the Lyon first team back in 2017, and interest in his signature is no surprise.
The 21-year-old has picked up seven goals and six assists this season, whilst continuing to show his smooth, silky dribbling ability and his quality to pick out a pass in the final third.
Aouar looks destined for the top, and Arsenal appear to be keen, even though he plays a little deeper than Mesut Ozil – something fans seem to like.
Fans believe that signing Aouar would allow Arteta to play a 4-3-3 rather than shoehorn Ozil into the side, branding him a ‘dream’ signing whilst urging the club to get a deal done.
Others think Aouar may be going to Manchester City instead, even feeling that Arsenal need to go ‘all out’ for him in order to make sure they don’t miss out on a player who can immediately improve their midfield.
Houssem Aouar would be my dream midfield signing for Arsenal.— Blanco (@Blanco_N5) February 12, 2020
But my gut tells me he’s on his way to Man City to replace David Silva
Get this done .. will be over the moon if this happens— ICUMIN2MINUTES (@austinesmith28) February 11, 2020
Please!!!— Josh’! (@joshugwu) February 11, 2020
I prefer Aouar. Would rather arsenal play a 433 than have a lone creator.— Askellad (@MajesticMatteo) February 12, 2020
Arsenal need Aouar instead of a #10 just because we have suffered so much trying to shoehorn a #10 into our side as they are easy to neutralise. Better to follow the Klopp system than Guardiola one just because we don’t have that sort of money— #9 (@futboIrh) February 12, 2020
Soumare, Aouar and I won’t care what else we do https://t.co/2oKIwOefaN— New Age Purist (@FcCesc) February 12, 2020
Houssem Aouar to arsenal, We move! https://t.co/BUDhg4CcRw— Metwally (@ma7modmetwaly) February 12, 2020