A number of Arsenal fans have taken to Twitter to give their thoughts on the claim by Canal Plus journalist Felix Herve suggesting Matteo Guendouzi is being eyed by Lyon in case of Houssem Aouar’s departure.
The Arsenal midfielder has been frozen out at the Emirates Stadium in wake of him grabbing Brighton striker Neal Maupay by the throat towards the end of the Gunners’ defeat at the Amex Stadium.
The Daily Mail claimed that there were taunts from the Arsenal man about how much he and his teammates earned compared to those of Brighton, and the incident was thought to be the last straw for Arteta.
France Football has claimed that a meeting is scheduled at the end of the season to make a final decision on Guendouzi’s case and, unless he apologises and changes his attitude, it is “very unlikely” that he will be kept on.
The outlet added that all options are apparently being considered – a sale, loan or part-exchange – for a player valued at 30m to 35m Euros (£27m to £31.5million).
Meanwhile, Felix Herve has claimed on Twitter this week that “in the event of Houssem Aouar’s departure, Lyon are thinking of Matteo Guendouzi.
“The midfielder is no longer part of Mikel Arteta’s plans and would be interested in Lyon’s project. Only condition: play in a European Cup.”
This has thrilled many Arsenal fans, who now think they have a key bargaining chip to put forward for the extremely talented Aouar, a player who Pep Guardiola has called “incredible” in the past.
Here is what some Gunners supporters have been saying on social media:
.@canalplus journalist Felix Hervé: In the event of Houssem Aouar’s departure, Lyon are thinking of Mattéo Guendouzi. The midfielder is no longer part of Mikel Arteta’s plans and would be interested in Lyon’s project. Only condition: play in a European Cup. [@Foot01_com]
— Z (@ZRAFC) July 10, 2020
So in other words “we know aouar wants to leave and we want guendouzi” they’re crying for a swap
— ً (@SilentAFC) July 10, 2020
Give us Aouar and Dembele/Depay we’ll give you Guendouzi and Lacazette
— PB (@OliPriceBates) July 10, 2020
Aouar form OL is a possibility. OL might accept the idea bcs-
✅Matteo is French(knows the condition)
✅Young(they sign lot of young players)
✅CM for CM
✅Higher future value.
✅Good relationship with Arsenal (Laca deal 2017/18)
— Sydney.GUNNER (@TweetRafin) July 11, 2020
Swap for Aouar please.
— Hasan96 (@Hasan9619) July 10, 2020
aouar gdouzi swap would be a dream tho. defensively amongst buendia, cantwell, szoboszlai, grealish and aouar who do think is a better contributor. I tried looking at some numbers last night, found that buendia is marginally better than them. although didnt have league numbers..
— Arijit (@starksreality) July 10, 2020
Aouar at Arsenal would be mad ngl ☺️
— Hamza (@BBellerin1) July 10, 2020
tears in my eyes
— Dylan ???? (@afcdylan1) July 10, 2020
? plz God
— GuyAPierlot?????? (@GAP67857706) July 10, 2020