Mikel Arteta has cut a frustrated figure when asked about Arsenal’s transfer activity in recent weeks.
Ongoing changes behind the scenes at the Emirates Stadium mean that several possible deals are yet to be resolved despite progress being made on a deal for Gabriel Magalhaes from Lille. Raul Sanllehi and Freddie Ljungberg have both left the club in recent weeks which means that there will need to be decisions made off the pitch as well as on it in a busy transfer window.
Despite improvements on the pitch, Arteta will be eager to add further quality to the squad this summer and central midfield has been frequently reported as a key area of interest.
The continued uncertainty over the finances involved in bringing Thomas Partey to North London has resulted in other options being identified to add strength in the middle of the pitch.
And, after several impressive performances in the Champions League, Houssem Aouar has emerged as hot property amongst top European clubs. While the Gunners could face stiff competition to sign the 22-year-old, his quality in midfield would add a different dimension to the midfield and offer a long-term option for Arteta.
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If the Gunners are to compete for Aouar’s signature in this transfer window, they could be forced to sell multiple first-team players to finance a move.
Below, football.london identifies three players that Arsenal could sell to fund Aouar’s transfer.
There appears to be no way back at Arsenal for the French midfielder after he was involved in an incident after the loss to Brighton back in June.
While Guendouzi possesses valuable qualities in midfield, it is understood that his working relationship with Arteta is far from perfect. As a result, moving on this summer could be best for all parties involved.
Given that he is only 21 and has a relatively high development…