Arsenal morning headlines as Houssem Aouar transfer talks break down, Villa’s Martinez deadline

Here are your Arsenal morning headlines for Wednesday, 9 September.

Aouar talks broke down over Guendouzi offer – Juninho

Lyon sporting director Juninho has revealed that discussions with Arsenal regarding sought-after midfielder Houssem Aouar broke down after the Gunners offered Matteo Guendouzi as part of their offer.

The Gunners offered cash-plus-Guendouzi in a bid to land the 22-year-old but the French side are not interested in the Arsenal outcast.

Guendouzi was frozen out of the first-team picture at the Emirates following his clash with Brighton & Hove Albion striker Neal Maupay in June.

“I get on very well with the Sporting Director (Edu),” Juninho told RMC Sport, as reported by “We spoke on the phone. Houssem Aouar is really well-liked by Arteta.

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“There were some discussions for Mattéo Guendouzi, who is also a good player. He was brought up during the discussion.

“But we don’t need his profile, we were very clear. If it is like that, we are not interested at all, we cut the conversation, that is where things ended.”

Villa want Martinez before season-opener

Aston Villa are keen to complete the signing of Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez before the start of the new Premier League season, according to the Daily Mail .

Martinez, 28, impressed towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign after replacing the injured Bernd Leno between the sticks.

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However, the Argentine is thought to be keen on regular first-team football and is not willing to deputise for the German during the upcoming season.

Arsenal are said to value Martinez at £20million, but it remains to be seen if Villa will raise the cash, with the Midlands club currently in the process of trying to complete a club-record deal for Brentford striker Ollie Watkins.

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