Arsenal legend Ian Wright has stressed that it’s “imperative” for the Gunners to bring Houssem Aouar to the Emirates Stadium before the transfer window shuts, in conversation with Optus Sport.
According to an ESPN report from mid-September, Aouar remains Mikel Arteta’s top target for the remainder of the transfer window.
Indeed, the outlet claimed that the Gunners were frontrunners for Aouar’s signature, though player sales would be required for them to meet his €60million (around £54million) price tag.
The Arsenal boss is reportedly eager to build his team around the 22-year-old, who emerged as a star for Lyon last season.
However, the Gunners don’t seem to have made a breakthrough yet in terms of meeting the Ligue 1 club’s valuation of the player.
Against Liverpool on Monday, Arsenal struggled to build attacks from midfield until Dani Ceballos’ introduction, prompting Wright to comment on how important it would be for Aouar to join.
“What was more evident for me from Arsenal is they didn’t have that person in the midfield who is comfortable enough on the ball,” the Gunners legend told Optus Sport.
“Until Dani Ceballos came on and did pretty well, who can pass the ball to him and he can receive it with somebody up his back. From there, Arsenal can try and play.
“We can’t do that at the moment, that is why it is imperative that they get Aouar from Lyon, somebody who can get on the ball and get the forwards going. That is what Arsenal need.”
Arsenal may have progressed nicely under Arteta in recent months but, as the defeat to Liverpool showed, there is still much work to be done and pieces of the puzzle needing to be added.
With the Gunners failing to have much in the way of connecting midfield to attack, Aouar would be a much-needed addition to the red and white ranks.
However, with Arsenal seemingly short of Aulas’ valuation and no further business involving Lyon past Friday, the pressure on the Gunners has increased manyfold.