Arsenal evening headlines as Lyon chief gives Aouar transfer update, key Kolasinac decision made

Good evening, Arsenal fans. Here are your evening headlines for Sunday, September 20.

Lyon president delivers Auoar update

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has issued an update on the future of midfielder Houssem Aouar, who is wanted by Arsenal.

Aulus was asked outright whether he believes the France international will complete a move to north London before the transfer window closes on October 5.

He replied: “No I don’t think so, no offer yet. It seems that Arsenal don’t want to, or can’t invest the price for Houssem, who is our best player.”

Aulas comments were made after Lyon’s sporting director, Juninho, confirmed the Gunners’ interest in Aouar and revealed discussions were held over a potential swap deal involving Matteo Guendouzi.

“Houssem Aouar is really well-liked by (Mikel) Arteta,” said Juninho. “There were some discussions for [Matteo] 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.”

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Arteta open to Kolasinac sale

Following Kieran Tierney’s excellent form to close out last season, impressing Arteta greatly as he switched between left centre-back and left-back, Sead Kolasinac has been told he is free to leave Arsenal.

TEAMTalk claims Arteta has spoken with the 27-year-old defender and informed him that he can leave the Emirates Stadium before October 5.

Kolasinac started in Tierney’s place in Saturday’s win over West Ham United after the Scotland international suffered an injury in the warm-up. But Arteta confirmed after the win there is no long-term damage.

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