Arsenal report: Mikel Arteta can complete transfer masterstroke and sign long-term target for £12m


Arsenal could have been vindicated in a transfer deal that they were previously panned for – and sign a superstar for just a snip of his potential value.

Back in 2020, the Gunners were quoted well over £50 million for Lyon schemer Houssem Aouar, with his employers, Olympique Lyonnais, playing hardball for their talent. In the end, Arsenal only had the money to sign Thomas Partey at the time, missing out on a creative spark that would cost them in the 2020/21 season.

Mikel Arteta’s side slumped to eighth, relying on Emile Smith Rowe, freshly introduced from the youth sides, and Martin Odegaard, on loan from Real Madrid. 

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Plenty has changed at the Emirates Stadium since, with Mikel Arteta now needing a midfielder on the left-hand side of his 4-3-3 – but attentions might turn back to Aouar, who Foot Mercato (opens in new tab) claim could cost as little as £12.6m.



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