Ian Wright would like to see Arsenal revive their interest in Houssem Aouar. Arsenal tried to acquire the France international’s services from Ligue 1 giants Lyon in the summer.
The north Londoners tabled two bids for the midfielder, the second of which is understood to have been in the region of £35million.
Lyon rebuffed both of the Gunners’ approaches for the 22-year-old, insisting their offers fell well short of their asking price.
That paved the way for the north Londoners to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid on deadline day, with the current FA Cup holders forking out £45million for the Ghanaian.
The arrival of Partey has pleased Wright, although the Gunners’ former record goalscorer admits he’d still like to see his old bring Aouar to the Emirates.
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’m hoping they can still get him at some stage but Partey is a massive improvement on what Arsenal have got
Ian Wright, Arsenal’s former record goalscorer, on Houssem Aouar
“I’m very happy,” Wright told Premier League Productions when asked about Arsenal’s acquisition of Partey. “The way he played in midweek against Rapid Vienna, okay they’re not the greatest opposition but he was magnificent.
“He’s exactly what Arsenal are looking for. He can bring the ball forward and he can set moves going.
“I think we’ll see Xhaka dropping in and Ceballos further forward because at the end of the day that’s where Arsenal still need to create in that last third of the pitch.
“I don’t mind that [Partey’s disciplinary record] because he’s somebody that does intercept.
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“Already from his first game he’s got more interceptions individually than the rest of Arsenal’s midfield. He’s somebody that can win the ball but he can progress the ball.
“They still need more, he’s not the main one and that’s why Arsenal went for Houssem Aouar as well.
“I’m hoping they can still get him at some stage but Partey is a massive improvement on what Arsenal have got.”
Arsenal are understood to still be interested in signing Aouar, although they’ll reportedly face competition for his services.
According to reports, Italian and French champions Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have entered the race to sign the midfielder.
Aouar and his Lyon team-mates will be back in action on Sunday night, travelling to the Stade Pierre Mauroy to take on Lille.
Arsenal, meanwhile, will welcome Irish side Dundalk to the Emirates on Thursday for their second Europa League group match.
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