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Arsenal looking to add another Brazilian

Mikel Arteta’s Portuguese contingent at the Emirates Stadium could be set to grow even further with the potential addition of Fluminense forward Marcos Paulo.

The 19-year-old is currently a regular for the Brazilian Serie A side having broken through last year. HITC report there is interest from Arsenal, as well as Leeds United and West Ham United too, which would make the deal more difficult to complete.

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Paulo has a £40million release clause in his contract, as is customary for top talents in South American leagues, which may also pose a problem to Arsenal’s pursuit of the player.

The first-team squad at Arsenal already has quite a number of Lusophones; David Luiz, Pablo Marí, Willian, Gabriel Magalhães, Gabriel Martinelli and Cedric Soares are all Portuguese-speakers. This may assist the club in their attempts to secure burgeoning, young talent Marcos Paulo.

Recent rumours have linked Arsenal with a move for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar, who is widely considered to be one of the most talented young midfielders in Europe, with the French youngster having an outstanding campaign last time out.

So, what would happen if Houssem Aouar signed for Arsenal this summer?

To find out, we booted up popular football management simulation game Football Manager 2020, to see what could happen with Houssem Aouar in the Arsenal squad next season.

We ‘signed’ Houssem Aouar for Arsenal next season

To set up this simulation, we used the Football Manager 2020 editor to arrange for Houssem Aouar to join Arsenal ahead of the 2020/21 season.

The Football Manager database currently contains data on more than 800,000 individuals and 45,000 active clubs, with data sourced from their international on the ground scouting network which numbers roughly 1,000 people, among their ranks are some who are involved in football in professional capacities, including scouts and coaches.

In addition, each annual iteration of Football Manager has built-in algorithms which check for outliers and data discrepancies. Data accuracy is further ensured by input from contributors who are active within the professional game (players, agents etc.) who provide regular feedback.

This is how Houssem Aouar’s profile looks on Football Manager 2020.

We then simulated the entire 2020/21 season on the game, to see what kind of impact the midfielder could have at the Emirates Stadium next season. Here’s what happened!

Houssem Aouar’s 2020/21 season for Arsenal

Even with Dani Ceballos rejoining on loan from Real Madrid, new signing Houssem Aouar was a key part of Mikel Arteta’s first team squad throughout our simulated season, with the French midfielder forming a strong partnership with Granit Xhaka.

Aouar made 41 appearances for the Gunners throughout the 2020/21 season, scoring 12 goals and providing 12 assists, in what was a very promising debut season from the Frenchman.

The 22-year-old was a hugely influential figure, providing a goal threat and adding creativity from midfield, showcasing his excellent ability.

The Lyon midfielder created more chances and provided more assists than any other player in the Arsenal team, creating more chances than Mesut Ozil, Bukayo Saka and Willian.

In terms of assists, Aouar was amongst the league’s most creative players, with only Bernardo Silva, Donny van de Beek, Sadio Mane, Bruno Fernandes, Kevin De Bruyne and Ruben Neves providing more assists than the Arsenal midfielder.

But Aouar wasn’t just a creator, because the youngster was also amongst the squad’s most prolific goal scorers, with only Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil scoring more.

Curiously, Aouar didn’t appear for the club in the Europa League, with Arsenal crashing out at the group stages.

And the end of the 2020/21 Premier League season, this is how Arsenal’s statistically best eleven looked.

Arsenal’s best team was Leno; Bellerin, Gabriel, Chambers, Tierney; Aouar, Xhaka, Willian, Ozil, Saka; Aubameyang.

So, with how did Arsenal perform in the Premier League in our simulated season?

Arsenal’s 2020/21 season

Here is how the final 2020/21 PL table looked in our simulation.

Arsenal broke into the Premier League top four, finishing above Manchester United and Chelsea, with the Gunners winning an impressive 79 points.

That’s an additional 23 points won in comparison with Arsenal’s 2019/20 real-life season, with the Gunners also scoring 21 more goals and conceding two fewer goals.

Football Manager predicts that with William, Gabriel and Houssem Aouar in the Arsenal squad next season, they could have a much-improved Premier League campaign, with the French midfielder becoming a key player under Mikel Arteta.

As always these simulations are just one way of predicting a player’s prospective impact, but it’s interesting to see how Aouar could perform in the Premier League for Arsenal, if the midfielder does sign for the club over the next few weeks.

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