Here are the Arsenal evening headlines for Friday August 28.
Arsenal target Houssem Aouar’s response to transfer links
Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has attracted the attention of plenty of clubs in recent years, with his performances in this season’s Champions League only adding to the interest.
Arsenal are one of the clubs mentioned in connection with the French under-21 international, and his answer, when quizzed about a potential Ligue 1 exit, is unlikely to see the talk die down.
In an interview with L’Equipe, as translated by Get Football News France, Aouar was asked whether leaving Lyon without having a chance to say goodbye to the fans would be difficult.
Click to play
Tap to play
The video will start in8Cancel
“I haven’t left yet. So I haven’t asked this question,” the midfielder said, before reiterating that he was still currently a Lyon player.
While attempting to remain coy throughout, he did admit “that one is very tough” when quizzed about what he wants to do next, before returning to the script and turning his attention to ensuring his club continue their positive start to the season.
No doubt there will be some Arsenal fans encouraged by the vagueness of Aouar’s answers, but it remains to be seen whether he does end up leaving Stade de Lyon before transfer deadline day.
Arteta expects Arsenal business to be done before October 6
This season’s transfer deadline day will be later than usual, occurring several weeks into the new Premier League season, but Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta doesn’t expect things to go down to the wire for his team.
The Gunners have already added free agent Willian to their ranks, as well as wrapping up permanent deals for Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares following loan spells, while the arrival of Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes is understood to be imminent.
“I’m confident we’re…