Arsenal tracked two midfielders in the final stages of the summer transfer window, with Thomas Partey ultimately arriving from Atletico Madrid in a deadline day deal worth £45 million.
The Gunners failed to get a deal done for the other midfielder, Houssem Aouar, but it wasn’t a case of one or the other for Mikel Arteta. Both players would have elevated Arsenal and given them something they lack.
football.london’s Art de Roche has looked at how a move for Aouar still makes sense and how Arsenal should maintain their interest in the Lyon playmaker as the January window comes into sight.
Mesut Ozil’s continued exile from the first team means Arsenal currently lack a creative force through the centre of midfield. This is a role Aouar would perform