This time last year, links surrounding Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta’s interest in Olympique Lyon star Houssem Aouar started to emerge.
Those links became stronger and stronger in the weeks and months following the initial rumour, so much so, that many believe that Arsenal really did try to get a deal done to bring the Frenchman to the Emirates.
Aouar, himself, admitted that the Gunners’ interest was true after the transfer window shut. He revealed that it was just Arsenal and nobody else interested in his services last summer, and that he was happy to stay at Lyon in the end. (TF1)
Arsenal signed Thomas Partey instead on transfer deadline day and that appeased the fans to an extent. Many even forgot about Aouar after the Ghanaian’s arrival, but one Gooner on Twitter did not give up.
AFCMathias sent a message to Houssem Aouar every single day for 127 days. The Frenchman either didn’t notice it or ignored it completely, which is normal for a footballer who receives thousands of tweets from fans on a daily basis.
However, on day 128, Aouar finally responded.
Should Arsenal go for Aouar again this summer?
Aouar was on top of almost every Arsenal fan’s wish list in last summer’s transfer window. We were desperate for creativity and the Frenchman would’ve solved that issue for us if we had signed him.
Almost a year down the line, Arsenal have found a temporary fix. We signed Martin Odegaard from Real Madrid on loan in January and the Norwegian – along with young Emile Smith Rowe – has been brilliant for us this year.
Odegaard’s phenomenal displays have made him many fans’ number one target for this summer. He would certainly be an excellent addition to our squad, but if Real Madrid make a deal too expensive for us, it won’t be a surprise to see Arteta and Edu go back in to sign Aouar.