Arsenal legend Ian Wright believes it is “imperative” that the Gunners secure the signing of Houssem Aouar over the next few days.
Arsenal have been heavily linked with the Lyon midfielder in recent days and had at least one bid turned down by the Ligue 1 outfit.
Mikel Arteta is still eager to get transfers done though does not have long left in the transfer window with the deadline on Monday night.
The Gunners are keen to sign a midfielder having also been linked to Atletico Madrid star Thomas Partey throughout the summer.
And Wright believes Aouar can take the Gunners to the next level as they look to get back into the Premier League top four.
Arsenal have had at least one bid rejected by Lyon for creative midfielder Houssem Aouar
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“It felt like a training game for Liverpool in respect of Arsenal were saying you can try and get out but we will press you,” Wright told Premier League Productions following Arsenal’s Premier League defeat at Liverpool.
“You can see that in Liverpool’s team everyone can move forward because Arsenal were starting so deep but what was evident to me was that we didn’t have that person in midfield who was comfortable enough on the ball until [Dani] Ceballos came on.
Ian Wright wants Arsenal to complete a deal for Houssem Aouar
“[They need] someone who they can pass the ball to, who is comfortable to receive it with someone on his back, who can pop it off, who can turn it around the corner. From there Arsenal can play but we can’t do that at the moment.
“That’s why it’s imperative we get Aouar from Lyon. He’s someone that can get on the ball and get the forwards going.
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