Arsenal still should sign Lyon star Houssem Aouar in January despite already signing Thomas Partey, says Ian Wright.
Aouar and Partey were Arsenal’s main transfer targets throughout the summer. It seemed like they would not get either signing over the line before the deadline.
But they pushed ahead and activated Atletico Madrid’s release clause for Partey on the final day of the summer window.
The Gunners signed the Ghanian international for £44.5m and he has already settled in well at the Emirates.
Aouar came through the ranks at Lyon and has been playing in their first team since 2017. He has made 143 senior appearances for the French side, scoring 26 and providing 28 assists in the process.
The midfielder also made his first appearance for France’s senior side earlier this year. Lyon reportedly values the youngster at around £60m.
In an interview cited by the Daily Star, Wright said that Arsenal should still go for Aouar:
“I’m very happy. 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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Wright has also said that Man Utd star Marcus Rashford could cause Arsenal a lot of problems on Sunday.