Arsenal legend has warned boss Mikel Arteta that Aouar signing is a must. Ian Wright thinks the Lyon star can feed the Gunners’ attacking line when possession is turned over.
Aouar close to deal?
Arsenal have stepped up their pursuit of Aouar over the past week as this summer’s transfer deadline draws near. They have yet to reach an agreement with Lyon over a final fee. The French club’s president has insisted that the midfielder will not be sold for less than €40 million. Mikel Arteta even refused to acknowledge the speculation after his side’s 3-1 defeat to Klopp.
The Gunners struggled in the attacking transition from the defence, and Wright believes that Aouar can be the one to change that. That is a major concern for the club, with many teams taking advantage of that. It Arsenal has a good attack, but the midfield is not good enough to supply them the ball.
“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 after the defeat at Anfield. “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 Ceballos came on.
“[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. You saw the chances that Ceballos made when he came on, that’s what Arsenal need.”
Arteta have instilled more structure and organisation to the team, but with key players lacking, Arsenal will struggle against big 6 teams. Houssem Aouar needs to join The Gunners if they want to strive for the top 4.
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