Will this be a Jan-Aouar-ry to celebrate for Arsenal in their desperate quest for a creative outlet?

Having missed out on Hungarian playmaker – Dominik Szoboszlai, Arsenal are reportedly returning their sights back to a familiar face, Lyon and France international – Houssem Aouar.

Houssem Aouar, 22, celebrating a goal against RC Lens.

After chasing the central-midfielder all summer, Edu and the Arsenal board will hope to wrap up a deal and pick up where they left off in the upcoming January transfer window. Their interest was a badly-kept secret, with all French and English media outlets reporting on the deal throughout the entire summer window, only for it to fall through at the last minute.

Arsenal were at the front of the queue despite the likes of PSG, Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester City all displaying firm interest, (which never led to anything concrete due to the financial crisis and lack of funds for these top clubs). This led to a ‘free-run’ at Aouar for Arsenal, with the majority of reliable sources reporting that Arsenal had a deal and personal terms sorted out with Aouar himself as well as eventually finding a compromise over the fee with Lyon, (a reported fee of €50m); the French midfielder’s brother was reported to have ‘sabotaged the deal, as he wanted a larger chunk of the fee as an agent’s fee’. Said fee’ was said to have put the Arsenal negotiators off, and they walked away from the table.

However, the new transfer window is looking promising. Having displayed interest in RB Salzburg’s Dominik Szoboszlai, the club were too slow to act; and Szoboszlai joined RB Leipzig instead.

Dominik Szoboszlai, after signing for RB Leipzig – December 2020.

With Edu coming out in the press, and also publicly saying:

‘Of course, we are looking for a creative player. It is a problem at the moment, but yes, we are looking.’


Edu Gaspar, giving interview regarding Arsenal in general.

With Arsenal’s public interest in Houssem Aouar, if you consider the fact that the initial deal fell-through over ‘agent-fees’, then you’d expect only one hurdle in the way of a January transfer for Arsenal and Aouar. The fee is not looking a problem as such, with personal terms agreed, and the player’s family all reportedly behind the move – but it’s not necessarily up to Arsenal at the end of the day. It depends how desperate Arsenal are for Aouar: will they cough up the large agent fees? or will Auoar’s brother/agent reconsider his demands?

Whatever happens, you can expect to see the saga reignite prior to, and during the January window. With Arsenal severely lacking creativity, you’d expect them to do whatever they can to ensure their No.1 target in January – Houssem Aouar – doesn’t slip through the net again.

What is certain though, is that Houssem Aouar would add a new dimension to this one-dimensional Arsenal side – who sit 15th place in mid-December. He would instantly be adding another outlet of spark and creativity and hopefully, he can change the miserable Arsenal fortunes and become a gamechanger – as Fernandes did for Manchester United this time last year.

An article by Ibrahim – HaleEndArsenal on Twitter.

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2 Responses to Will this be a Jan-Aouar-ry to celebrate for Arsenal in their desperate quest for a creative outlet?

  1. jjgsol December 23, 2020 at 8:15 pm #

    Why should anyone think that this player is the answer to all of our dreams that he will immdeicately slot inot our disjointed poorly motivately midfield, if one calls it a midfield and that he will immediately start creating lots of chances for our chance starve strikers?

    Who knows, but I think it would not be wise for anyone to assume that he will be our panacea, instantly, if at all

    That is why, despite the irrational view of many but not all of the fans, the sensible thing to do would be to allow the Exile back into the fold, so that we can ease whichever creative midfielder would be prepared to come into the pivot position, whilst someone is already there, albeit winding down his contract ,but known to be, and acording to some suggestions, well liked by the defence and attack that are starved of his presence.

    To expect a new player to come in and be an instant success is naive to the extreme.

    • Emmanuel December 24, 2020 at 6:36 pm #

      If anyone thinks buying this guy is going to solve Arsenal’s creative problems, they are in for a rude shock. This guy is hardly setting Ligue 1 on fire. To expect a 23 year old footballer who has never played outside of France to become the creative hub of arsenal is just plain dumb. He’s most likely going to need time to settle.

      If Arsenal are serious about this creativity issue, then they should fire the manager ASAP.

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