Arsenal morning headlines as Houssem Aouar makes transfer decision amid Edu strategy

Here are your Arsenal morning headlines for Monday, 28 September.

Aouar refuses to rule out Arsenal move

Olympique Lyonnais midfielder Houssem Aouar has spoken frankly about his future, commenting on links that have been made to other clubs.

The 22-year-old failed to commit his future to the French club who will not be playing European football this season for the first time since 1996.

“There are contacts with clubs, I don’t know yet. We’ll see what happens in the future,” Aouar said following the 1-1 draw with Lorient at the weekend.

With a week of the transfer window remaining, it seems this is a move which will go right down to the wire if it is to be completed. Aouar has already been subject to one bid from Arsenal – who remain hugely interested in the playmaker – but their £32 million bid was rejected.

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Undeterred, the Gunners are set to return with an improved £40 million offer, which could potentially rise to £50 million with add-ons, to test Lyon’s resolve.

Arteta praises Liverpool’s transfer vision

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has commended Liverpool’s transfer business and long-term strategy over the past five years, describing it as something Arsenal should look to mirror.

Arteta focused much of his praise on the Reds’ recruitment strategy which has seen them snap up the likes of Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk from lesser Premier League clubs. Meanwhile, they have mostly refrained from shelling out large sums on big-name players, instead looking towards bettering the team as a whole.

Consequently, Arteta believes this has boosted the club’s finances and stature in the game.

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