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Arsenal interest in Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar presents Mikel Arteta with transfer problem

Whether it’s evolution or revolution, this summer has been one of change for Arsenal.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has already made great progress in overhauling the culture at the Emirates Stadium, winning hearts and minds with Arsenal’s strong performances towards the end of last season, but the Spaniard needs new signings if he is to reshape his squad.

Gabriel Magalhaes arrived from Lille, with William Saliba finally pitching up in north London after a season on loan at St Etienne. Willian signed as a free agent after leaving Chelsea, while Dani Ceballos is back for a second season on loan from Real Madrid.

This represents solid business for the Gunners so far.

Yet Arteta is still lacking a true marquee signing to prove Arsenal are heading in the right direction and that they are once again an attractive proposition to players at the top of the game.

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Houssem Aouar has been mentioned as a possible target, with the Lyon midfielder reportedly the subject of a bid from the Gunners last week. Another bid is expected to be made in the coming days, the Metro claims.

Meanwhile, Thomas Partey continues to be linked with a move to north London. The Atletico Madrid midfielder has been on Arsenal’s radar all year, but the Spanish club refuse to budge in their valuation of the Ghanaian, pointing to the £45million release clause in his contract and how the Gunners will have to activate it to get their man.

But which of the two midfielders would be a better signing for Arsenal at this point of their development under Arteta? Which player do they need most? It’s true that Aouar and Partey are both midfielders, but they are very different kinds of midfielders. Which of the two would make the biggest impact at the Emirates Stadium?

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