Arsenal have apparently bumped Houssem Aouar down the pecking order on their shopping list, with the Gunners said to have ‘reservations’ over the Lyon man.
The Frenchman was continually linked with a move to The Emirates in the summer, with a £54m deal touted before Arsenal landed Thomas Partey late on in the window.
With January now in full swing and Mikel Arteta said to be keen on landing a new creative midfielder, Aouar’s name has once again been mentioned by the media.
But according to The Athletic, Aouar has dropped well down the scouting list at Arsenal now, with other players now ahead of him.
A number of names, including Isco, Christian Eriksen, and Julian Brandt have been linked with the Gunners. Aouar, meanwhile, has been a regular for Lyon again, making 14 appearances and scoring three goals this term.
The emergence of Emile Smith-Rowe has also influenced Mikel Arteta. The youngster impressing in recent weeks with a number of fine performances in a number ten or wide role.
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While it’s clear that Houssem Aouar is a big talent and a good player, at over £50m, you need to be 100% sure that you’re getting the right man through the door.
If Arsenal do have these reservations, then they do right in avoiding making a move for him.
Other players can do a similar job and, as mentioned, the emergence of Smith-Rowe and others has taken some of the pressure off Arteta when it comes to the market.