Former Arsenal striker Kevin Campbell spoke on The Highbury Squad YouTube channel about Lyon’s Houssem Aouar.
The Gunners were heavily linked with a move for the Frenchman in the recently concluded transfer window, but we failed to sign him. Aouar would have been an excellent addition to Mikel Arteta’s squad as he would’ve solved a key problem.
We have struggled for creativity in the final third recently. Arsenal’s front-three have been forced to create chances between themselves more often than not. That isn’t always a smart option, especially against teams who defend deep and have almost everybody behind the ball.
As a result, a creative number 10 was one of Arteta’s priorities, but Aouar proved to be too expensive. Partey was brought in instead and he is still an exceptional signing.
However, Campbell feels that the Gunners haven’t given up yet and believes that we will make a move for the Frenchman again soon.
He said: “Houssem Aouar, we missed you. We didn’t get you this time! Whether we can get you in January, I’m not sure. But I’m sure you’re next on the radar for Mikel Arteta and Edu. Somebody like yourself to add to the quality of that midfield, attacking, creative side. You hopefully will be a Gunner at some stage in the future.”
Arsenal fans hope that Aouar will be a Gunner soon, especially after the news about Mesut Ozil today. The Daily Mail revealed that Edu and co will re-open talks with the German to find an agreement to terminate his contract before the end of this year.
Ozil is our only natural number 10 at the moment and his departure will open up a spot for another creator to come in. Aouar is a fantastic option for that role, and if Arsenal have a chance to get him in January or in the summer, we should go all out.