There isn’t much to say about Houssem Aouar that hasn’t already been mentioned hundreds of times over.
We all know his skill set, his best traits, as well as those that are lacking, while it’s also common knowledge that Arteta is utterly smitten by the talent the Frenchman possesses.
Failure to strike a deal in the summer has proved even more catastrophic than first envisaged, as Arsenal’s creative stats and ball progression are among the worst, if not the worst, in the Premier League. We can only hypothesize what difference Aouar would have made, but the general consensus is a fairly comprehensive one.
While Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester City remain on the case (yay), the financial problems facing French football have made a January move increasingly viable. The collapse of the multi-billion euro broadcast deal has exacerbated an issue that already was perilous, meaning a number of Ligue 1-based players will be available on reduced fees in the coming windows.
Pain in the Arsenal’s Henry Payne also waxed lyrical recently of Boubakary Soumare, a player previously courted by the Gunners but deemed ‘too raw’. He along with the likes of Aouar, will be pushed up European wishlists even further than they already were.