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Thomas Partey or Houssem Aouar? Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn makes his choice

Thomas Partey has long been a transfer target for Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

Nigel Winterburn feels Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar would be great signings for Arsenal and would like to see his former club snap up both midfielders, but with only enough money to buy one, Partey would be his choice.

Gunners manager Mikel Arteta is keen to add a central midfielder to his squad before the transfer window closes on 5 October, with Partey and Aouar key targets to fill the role.

Both are availabe this summer, but the problem has been price, with Atletico Madrid insisting that Arsenal must meet Partey’s release clause of £43m, while Lyon want a similar fee for Aouar.

Arsenal have only been able to muster offers worth around £30m and must improve them if they want to force through a purchase before 5 October.

Winterburn cannot see his former club coming up with the funds to buy both men and given the choice, it would be Partey who the England international would go for.

‘Players like Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar are players that I’m pleased to see Arsenal linked with. They are different types of players that can bolster a midfield,’ Winterburn told Free Super…