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Lyon Fires Ultimatum to Aouar over Arsenal deal, Man Utd Best midfielder option, fresh update on Mesut Ozil

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Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas warned Houssem Aouar not to get his hopes up over a move to Arsenal, insisting they don’t have the funds to get the deal over the line.

Aouar is thought to be one of Mikel Arteta’s top summer targets as he looks to bolster his Arsenal midfield. Lyon are demanding £54million for the 22-year-old, however, which could prove to be a stumbling block. Arsenal are desperately trying to trim down their squad to raise funds to bring new recruits to the club but time is running out before the end of the transfer window.

And Aulas publicly suggested that Aouar should be preparing to remain at Lyon this season. Asked if Aouar will stay at Lyon, Aulas replied: ‘Financially, Arsenal are like everyone else (in a tricky spot).

‘And Houssem could say to himself that the best thing would be to stay with us.’ Arsenal are not thought to be the only club interested in landing the Frenchman. It’s been reported that a mystery Champions League club reached out to express their interest in signing the central midfielder. Juventus and Bayern Munich are among the clubs who have been linked with him in the past.

Ian Wright says Man Utd star would have been better off joining Arsenal

Manchester United have only made one signing this summer – and Ian Wright reckons he would have been better off joining Arsenal.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side recruited Donny van de Beek from Ajax in a £40million deal, having so far been frustrated in their pursuit of top target Jadon Sancho.

The Red Devils are understood to be readying a £90million offer to Borussia Dortmund for Sancho’s services – but in the meantime Van de Beek remains their sole signing of the summer.

Wright has questioned whether United made the right choice in swooping for the Dutch star, insisting the 23-year-old faces a tough fight with Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba for a place in Solskjaer’s side.

“Donny van de Beek, he’s someone that I wish someone more like Arsenal could have taken,” said the former Gunners striker on The Kelly & Wrighty Show .

Mikel Arteta delivers fresh update on Mesut Ozil at Arsenal

Mikel Arteta has suggested that Mesut Ozil needs to step his game up if he is to earn a return to the Arsenal team this season.

The German playmaker was once again left out of the matchday squad for Arsenal’s trip to Leicester City in the League Cup third round on Wednesday night as the Gunners claimed a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium.

Mesut Ozil

Ozil, 31, has not made a single appearance for Arsenal so far this season and he was left out for the 17th consecutive game on Wednesday night.

The midfielder, whose contract is set to expire next summer, is Arsenal’s highest-paid player but he has not played a single minute of football since the Premier League resumed after lockdown back in June.

Arteta has now delivered a fresh update on Ozil’s situation at The Emirates, hinting that it will be difficult for the former Real Madrid star to make his way back into the starting line-up.

Speaking in an interview quoted by the London Evening Standard after Wednesday’s game, Arteta said: “I try to select the players that are, in my opinion, in better condition.

“You can see that the players we are changing, we are using, it’s very difficult every week, not for Mesut but for some other players as well to make the squad. Every week we try to pick the right players.

“It’s difficult for others as well that aren’t involved in the Premier League and didn’t play tonight either. We have a squad of 26, 27 players at the moment and we can’t give playing time to all of them.

“The team is evolving, you can see the level they are achieving. This is where we are at the moment. We want to evolve more and play better and compete better. We have to keep maintaining that.

“We are picking the players that we believe are the best for each game. You can see we keep training, it’s what we’re trying to do.”

 

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