With only Granit Xhaka signed so far and players rejecting Arsenal for other clubs, Arsenal fans are beginning to get worried that this summer, is shaping out like that of last season. And if reports from the French league linking Arsenal to the signing of highly rated Lyon young midfielder Houssem Aouar is anything to go by, one can understand why Arsenal fans are worried.
Houssem Aouar, 17, has been linked with a move to Liverpool but reports claim Wenger is aiming to hijack the Reds to the signing of the midfielder.
Aouar is yet to make an appearance at senior level for his club but his efforts for the reserves have brought him to the attention of possible suitors, of which Arsenal are one.
The 17-year-old has only featured five times in the UEFA youth league for Lyon’s Under-19 squad and he could still be seen as an unknown quantity. But unknown signing is what Wenger likes.
Lyon’s chief scout, who is notorious for the discovery of many players who have gone on to become world class was quoted as saying; “Houssem has a technical ease and good vision that allows him to see quickly.”He has both feet, can speed up the game, but also can keep the ball at his feet when necessary and has ability in one-on-one situations.
“He can play as a second striker or a playmaker or a runner, and is a quality finisher, capable of scoring and threading the final pass.”
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He is unlikely to come straight into the first team setup with the abundance of midfield talent at the Emirates currently, but Arsene Wenge must see potential for the future.