Not as it seemed
France Football today released fresh information regarding the summer transfer saga surrounding Houssem Aouar.
Arsenal’s supporters were of course frantically refreshing their devices during the final days of the transfer window, amid claims that the Gunners were pushing for the 22-year-old.
OL board insist they won’t accept less than €50m for Houssem Aouar. Arsenal are in talks and pushing… but there’s no agreement with Aulas atm.
Real Madrid are not in the race for this summer, same as PSG. Juventus are now working to sign Federico Chiesa and not Aouar. 🛑 #AFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) October 2, 2020
In reality, however, it appears that this was not the case.
France Football have revealed that it was in fact Juventus that swooped for Aouar with the most intent. It is claimed that the Bianconeri offered up as much as €50 million, along with the opportunity to take Federico Bernardeschi on loan for the remainder of the season.
However, the Italian winger was reluctant to make the move to Ligue 1, causing the deal to break down. Aouar will therefore remain with Lyon until at least until January.
This summer represented the first of what look set to be many of Mikel Arteta and Edu Gaspar working intimately on Arsenal’s transfer dealings.
Arteta was of course previously promoted to the role of manager, having succeeded in his head coach role.
This decision has since seen the Spaniard become much more involved in the decision making process at the club. With the north Londoners having of course made a host of staff redundant, including a proportion of the recruitment sector, earlier this year, Arteta’s influence is now vital.
The 38-year-old, as per the aforementioned report from France Football, is a huge admirer of Houssem Aouar.
Speaking with the 22-year-old on the phone, Arteta reportedly convinced him that Arsenal was the right project for the next phase of his development.
However, it appears that Edu was not as convinced. France Football even suggest that Edu cited ‘jet lag’ as his reason for not contacting the club’s ownership about furthering their pursuit.
Arsenal ended up signing Thomas Partey on deadline day, with the aid of the Gunners’ owners key to the deal.
In subsequent interviews with Arsenal.com, both Edu and Arteta spoke glowingly about the club’s new signing.
Whilst Arteta may now have more say on the ins and outs at the Emirates, the latest evidence suggests that it is technical director Edu who has the final say.
This article was edited by Conor Laird.
Arsenal betting odds, next game:
Man City vs Arsenal odds: result, both teams to score, correct score & goalscorers
Arsenal’s latest videos
Who is the GOAT? Messi, Ronaldo, Neymar or Lewandowski? | World Cup of Everything with Mesut Ozil
Host Daniyal Khan is joined by Mesut Ozil as they decide on the greatest…
Mikel Arteta on signing Thomas Partey
Mikel Arteta had wanted Thomas Partey for some time – and is delighted to…
Arsenal latest news
Premier League table
|2||Aston Villa FC||3||9||9|
|3||Leicester City FC||4||5||9|
|6||Tottenham Hotspur FC||4||7||7|
|9||Newcastle United FC||4||1||7|
|10||West Ham United FC||4||4||6|
|12||Crystal Palace FC||4||-2||6|
|13||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||4||-3||6|
|14||Manchester City FC||3||-1||4|
|15||Brighton & Hove Albion FC||4||-2||3|
|16||Manchester United FC||3||-6||3|
|17||West Bromwich Albion||4||-8||1|
|19||Sheffield United FC||4||-5||0|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur FC||6|
|Calvert-Lewin, Dominic||Everton FC||6|
|Salah, Mohamed||Liverpool FC||5|
|Vardy, Jamie||Leicester City FC||5|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United FC||4|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton & Hove Albion FC||4|
|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur FC||3|
|Grealish, Jack||Aston Villa FC||3|
|Rodriguez, James||Everton FC||3|
|Watkins, Ollie||Aston Villa FC||3|
|Lacazette, Alexandre||Arsenal FC||3|
|Zaha, Wilfried||Crystal Palace FC||3|
|Ings, Danny||Southampton FC||3|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||3|
|Mane, Sadio||Liverpool FC||3|
|Bowen, Jarrod||West Ham United FC||3|
|Costa, Helder||Leeds United||2|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United FC||2|
|Klich, Mateusz||Leeds United||2|
|Player||Team||Red Cards||Yellow Cards|
|Lewis, Jamal||Newcastle United FC||0||3|
|McGinn, John||Aston Villa FC||0||2|
|Bellerin, Hector||Arsenal FC||0||2|
|Fredericks, Ryan||West Ham United FC||0||2|
|Mendy, Nampalys||Leicester City FC||0||2|
|Walker-Peters, Kyle||Southampton FC||0||2|
|Egan, John||Sheffield United FC||1||1|
|Christensen, Andreas||Chelsea FC||1||1|
|Bardsley, Phil||Burnley FC||0||2|
|Shelvey, Jonjo||Newcastle United FC||0||2|
|Ward, Joel||Crystal Palace FC||0||2|
|Le Marchand, Maxime||Fulham FC||0||2|
|Cairney, Tom||Fulham FC||0||2|
|Mendy, Benjamin||Manchester City FC||0||2|
|Lundstram, John||Sheffield United FC||0||2|
|Hayden, Isaac||Newcastle United FC||0||2|
|Targett, Matt||Aston Villa FC||0||2|
|Joelinton||Newcastle United FC||0||2|
|Zaha, Wilfried||Crystal Palace FC||0||1|
|Bamford, Patrick||Leeds United||0||1|
|Kane, Harry||Tottenham Hotspur FC||6|
|Grealish, Jack||Aston Villa FC||3|
|McGinn, John||Aston Villa FC||3|
|Rodriguez, James||Everton FC||2|
|Townsend, Andros||Crystal Palace FC||2|
|Castagne, Timothy||Leicester City FC||2|
|Pereira, Matheus||West Bromwich Albion||2|
|Fornals, Pablo||West Ham United FC||2|
|Cresswell, Aaron||West Ham United FC||2|
|Firmino, Roberto||Liverpool FC||2|
|Bellerin, Hector||Arsenal FC||2|
|Podence, Daniel||Wolverhampton Wanderers FC||2|
|Son, Heung Min||Tottenham Hotspur FC||1|
|Wilson, Callum||Newcastle United FC||1|
|Maupay, Neal||Brighton & Hove Albion FC||1|
|Watkins, Ollie||Aston Villa FC||1|
|Costa, Helder||Leeds United||1|
|Fernandes, Bruno||Manchester United FC||1|