Arsenal evening headlines as Lyon president ‘confirms’ Houssem Aouar bid, Gabriel claim

Here are your Arsenal evening headlines for Saturday, 26 September.

Lyon chief makes statement amid Arsenal pursuit of midfielder

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has all but confirmed an offer has been made by Arsenal for sought after midfielder Houssem Aouar.

Aouar has been identified as a priority target by Mikel Arteta, with the Spaniard keen to add some creativity to his midfield, with reports surfacing on Twitter on Friday evening that the Gunners had lodged an official bid for the player.

Posting on Twitter, Aulas wrote: “For Houssem Arsenal is too far from his value: we are counting on him to play a great match in Lorient and lead OL in CL next year.”

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The use of the words “too far from his value” implies that Arsenal have made an offer for Aouar, with Lyon still holding firm in their £55million valuation of the France international.

Arsenal midfielder praises new signings for bringing “quality and mentality” to club

Granit Xhaka has spoken about how summer signings Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian have brought “quality and mentality” to the Arsenal dressing room this season.

Gabriel arrived in a £25million move from Lille, while Willian made the switch to the Emirates Stadium after leaving Chelsea as a free agent at the end of last season, and Xhaka has praised both as players and characters.

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“With Willian and Gabriel, Arsenal brought a lot of quality and mentality into the dressing room,” Xhaka told the Swiss Telegraphic Agency. “Willian knows how to win titles.

“And the extension with Aubameyang was an important signal for all of us – we want to go back to the Champions League.”

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