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Campbell explains why Arsenal need Partey more than Aouar

Partey has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates (Picture: Getty Images)

Kevin Campbell says Thomas Partey would help solve Arsenal’s defensive deficiencies, unlike Houssem Aouar, but the Gunners hero still wants his former side to sign both midfielders.

Mikel Arteta is in the hunt for a central midfielder, with his limited options once again showcased in Monday night’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, when Granit Xhaka lined up alongside Mohamed Elneny.

Partey is a long-term target for the Gunners, and former boss Unai Emery wanted to sign the Ghana international last summer, but the club instead opted to bring in £72million winger Nicolas Pepe.

Arsenal also want Aouar (Picture: Getty Images)

Atletico Madrid have remained firm in their stance that Partey will not be sold for less than his £45m release clause, despite reports claiming the 27-year-old is keen on a move to north London.

Aouar is another midfielder the Gunners want, and they have already had two bids knocked back from Lyon for the playmaker, who is said to be valued at around £46m.

Arsenal’s latest bid is believed to have been in the region of £32m, which the French club’s president…