Arsenal hero Ian Wright delivers blunt Houssem Aouar transfer message to Mikel Arteta

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged Mikel Arteta to give into Lyon’s demands for midfielder Houssem Aouar. Arteta is eager to add the France international to his squad before the transfer window shuts next Monday.

Arsenal have tabled two bids for the 22-year-old, both of which have firmly been rebuffed by the Ligue 1 side.

Their latest offer, which is understood to be in the region of £32million, has fallen well short of Lyon’s valuation of the midfielder.

But after seeing Arsenal struggle creatively in their 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Monday night, Wright is convinced the Gunners should meet Lyon’s asking price for Aouar.

“It felt like a training game for Liverpool in respect of Arsenal were saying you can try and get out but we will press you,” Wright told Premier League Productions after seeing his side lose their 100 per cent start to the season.

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It’s imperative we get Aouar from Lyon

Ian Wright

“You can see that in Liverpool’s team everyone can move forward because Arsenal were starting so deep.

“But what was evident to me was that we didn’t have that person in midfield who was comfortable enough on the ball until Ceballos came on.

“[They need] Someone who they can pass the ball to, who is comfortable to receive it with someone on his back, who can pop it off, who can turn it round the corner.

“From there Arsenal can play but we can’t do that at the moment. That’s why it’s imperative we get Aouar from Lyon.


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“He’s someone that can get on the ball and get the forwards going. You saw the chances that Ceballos made when he came on. that’s what Arsenal need.”

Lyon are hopeful of retaining the services of Aouar, who refused to be drawn on his future when recently pressed on it.

“I will give you an interview after the match but I will not talk about my future,” he told Canal+.

When pressed further on Arsenal’s interest in signing him, he added: “There are contact with clubs, I don’t know yet.

“We’ll see what happens in the future.”

Arsenal will be back in action on Wednesday night, returning to Anfield to take on Liverpool in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup.

Lyon, meanwhile, will next be in action on Sunday evening in the Choc des Olympiques against Marseille.

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