COYG: Arsenal beat Chelsea to sign Houssem Aouar

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Mesut Özil is being linked for an Arsenal exit after his absence in Sunday’s North London derby and the clash against Manchester United at Old Trafford, but are the stories reliable, and who could Unai Emery sign to replace him if so?

  • Houssem Aouar
  • Age: 20
  • Position: Central Midfield
  • Club: Olympique Lyonnais
  • Contract until: 2023
  • Estimated market value: £31.5m

Arsenal are also tracking Olympique Lyonnais star Houssem Aouar, according to reports.

The Daily Mail write that Arsenal have been scouting Aouar for the last 18 months, and they consider him someone who could replace Aaron Ramsey in North London, but the same could be true of Mesut Özil.

The Lyon midfielder’s performances in this season’s Champions League have reportedly particularly caught Unai Emery’s eye.

Although Chelsea were initially planning to rival Arsenal for the 20-year-old’s signature, they’ve since turned their attention to Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic instead.

Aouar has five goals and four assists in 18 appearances for Lyon this season. He’s mostly playing in central midfield but has also spent some time on the left.

The youngster has also scored in both of his most recent u21 appearances for France. There were rumours that he might get a senior call-up before he picked up a knock immediately before the current international break.

A strong passer who contributes well defensively and counter-attacks impressively, Aouar could fit well in Emery’s side.

We’ll see if Arsenal decide to move for him in the next couple of windows.

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