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Lyon make Houssem Aouar decision as Arsenal prepare offer to seal Mikel Arteta’s dream transfer

Houssem Aouar could make his 100th and final appearance in Lyon colours on Sunday.

The midfielder, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer, is available for selection once again as his side take on Lorient away from home in Ligue 1.

His last outing for Lyon was one he will want to forget in a hurry.

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Starting the clash away at Montpellier 11 days ago, Aouar didn’t see out the whole game as he was shown a straight red card on the stroke of half-time.

As Montpellier defender Arnaud Souquet attempted to clear the ball from his own byline, Aouar came in with a challenge and his studs made contact across his opponent’s shin.

The tackle was enough to see him sent for an early bath and subsequently served a one-match suspension which meant he missed last weekend’s goalless draw at home to Nimes.

But he could return on Sunday and it would appear Lyon boss Rudi Garcia has made a decision to include the 22-year-old in the matchday squad.

On the club’s official Twitter account, they are talking up a landmark day for Aouar.

Image: Lyon/Twitter

On the eve of potentially reaching a century of apppearances, Aouar’s achievements in the top-flight of French football has been highlighted.

But will he be around on October 4 vs Marseille to make appearance number 101?

Talk of the Aouar sealing a move to the Emirates Stadium has gained momentum over the past 24 hours.

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Firstly, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas confirmed that Arsenal have made a bid for the playmaker, but indicated that the offer was rejected.

“At Lyon there will be very few departures: for Houssem, Arsenal is much too far from his value,” Aulas wrote on Twitter. “We count on him to make a big game in Lorient and lead OL in Champions League next year.”

And now football.londonunderstands the Gunners…