Here are your Arsenal morning headlines for Thursday, 1 October.
Arsenal handed Aouar deadline
Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has given Arsenal until the end of the week to make a satisfactory offer for midfielder Houssem Aouar.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with the 22-year-old, who is expected to leave the French club along with Barcelona-bound Memphis Depay.
The Gunners are expected to return with a second bid after seeing their initial offer of £32million turned down.
Speaking at Lyon’s unveiling of new signing Lucas Paqueta from AC Milan, Aulas said: “From Friday evening, when Rudi [Garcia] will choose his squad vs Marseille, there will be no departures. We could see ourselves lose two players.
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“We know that three big clubs are interested in him, two in the short-term, one in the long-term.
“Not much has happened. All the clubs can’t give us financially what Lyon wants.”
Aouar the final piece in Arteta’s puzzle
Aouar’s creativity and big-game mettle make him the perfect candidate to complete Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal rebuild, argues football.londonArsenal correspondent James Benge.
Aouar last season repeatedly demonstrated his ability to create opportunities in open play, while he often made a decisive input in the final third.
Whereas Dani Ceballos can be a calming influence in the Arsenal midfield, the Frenchman would be a player capable of driving the Gunners higher up the pitch, using his vision and technique to prise teams apart.
Arsenal have been following Aouar’s progress for a long time, and having shone for Lyon in last season’s Champions League, it is clear he can elevate Arteta’s side and strengthen the north Londoners’ title credentials.
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