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Long-term Arsenal target Houssem Aouar reminded his potential future employers what they are missing out on with another goal for Lyon this weekend – although it would remain to be seen where he would fit into the side.
The Frenchman has continued his stellar form with his fourth goal in 14 games from central midfield this season.
A wonderful goal in the 3-2 loss against Nice has yet again reminded potential suitors – such as Arsenal – that his talents are still more than adequate to make an impression in the Premier League.
And with his contract up in 2023, there may be more and more interested parties that come his way.
However in terms of an Arsenal move, the Frenchman may be impressing at the wrong time – given the emergence of Emile Smith-Rowe as a key player.
The academy player has burst onto the scene for the Gunners this season, registering a goal and an assist in Friday’s impressive 3-1 win over Aston Villa.
Martin Odegaard – a £40million summer signing – also plays regularly for the side, however with Smith-Rowe’s emergence he is on the bench for the foreseeable future.
This begs the question as to why Arsenal would sign another central midfielder when they don’t need one.
However, Aouar’s class is undeniable and any cheap deal to bring the Frenchman to north London would be classed as a coup.
Aouar confessed his love for his home town club, but would be open to a move should Lyon fail to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
“As someone who’s from Lyon, to be able to play in the Champions League in this stadium is something I’d like to be able to do again,” Aouar said.
“All of that is down to qualifying this season.
“Then I’d like to win a trophy, because that’s what’s missing the most for me at this club.”
With Lyon languishing in mid-table alongside Paris Saint-Germain running away with the league, it appears the Frenchman may have to wait that little bit longer in terms of the league title.
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However, a fruitful Europa League run could be in the offing after three wins from three.
Having dismantled Sparta Prague, Rangers and Brondby in the group stages, Peter Bosz’s men could well be favourites for the competition proper.
And with Arsenal failing to qualify for European football for the first time in 25 years, it could well mean that Aouar is suited to pastures new as opposed to the Emirates.
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