Arsenal again plan to test Lyon resolve with fresh bid for star midfielder

Arsenal could allegedly reignite their interest in Lyon youngster Houssem Aouar when the January transfer market opens for business.

The Gunners were heavily linked with the Frenchman over the summer transfer window but could not come to an agreement with Les Gones over a transfer fee and ultimately brought in Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid.

Houssem still has two and a half years left to run on his current deal in France, while he has started the 2020-21 term in strong form, contributing two goals and one assist in six games.

Real Madrid and Juventus have also been linked with the central midfielder, and it had been stated that Arsenal had missed their opportunity to land him.

However, according to football.london, should the north Londoners manage to offload some out-of-favour players and trim their wage budget in January then the club could ‘test the water with Lyon again’.

The report states that a new approach for the 22-year-old Frenchman cannot be ruled out as Mikel Arteta looks to put together a roster capable of challenging for silverware.

Aouar made his debut for his country’s national team in their friendly with Andriy Shevchenko’s Ukraine earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Leicester City condemned Arsenal to their third defeat of the term as Jamie Vardy continued his hot streak versus the Gunners.

With the score at 0-0 in the 80th minute the ex-England striker broke free, latching on to Roma’s loanee Cengiz Under’s cross to nod a diving header past the German keeper Bernd Leno.

The outfits began the day locked in mid-table on nine points, with the result lifting Leicester to fourth place while Mikel Arteta’s outfit remained in 10th.

Blackpool head coach speaks highly of Arsenal-owned defender

Arsenal talent Daniel Ballard has certainly had something of a campaign to remember so far.

The talented defender had very little chance of playing regular football at Arsenal this term and was therefore loaned out to League One club Blackpool.

That came after the 21-year-old impressed in the Northern Ireland senior team versus Norway, complete with Erling Braut Haaland in the attack. His move to Blackpool has certainly been a hit thus far.

The youngster has been named man-of-the-match in both of the matches he has played so far and his boss Neil Critchley was extremely impressed with his most recent showing against MK Dons this weekend.

“We don’t want to get too carried away with Dan but I think he’s been outstanding in both games and rightly man-of-the-match,” the Seasiders head coach told the club’s YouTube channel.

“He played like a man out there today. Really assured (his) defending was outstanding up against good strikers, some experienced strikers.

“He kept them all quiet today, really pleased with Dan and he’s had a real good start to his Blackpool career.”

Elsewhere, Arsenal still want to land Lyon star Houssem Aouar, despite missing out on the midfielder during the summer transfer window.

According to the latest reports in Italy, they will face stern competition from Juventus for his signature.

The French ace had earned attention from around Europe for his displays last season and had been valued at £54 million by the Ligue 1 side.

Kind words on 27-year-old Arsenal midfielder from club captain

Arsenal’s young players will learn plenty from new signing Thomas Partey, according to centre-forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The 27-year-old midfielder moved to the Emirates Stadium on deadline day after the Ghana international was pursued by the north Londoners for much of the summer.

Thomas had been a long-term target for the Gunners and drew plenty of plaudits for his display on his full debut in the win at Rapid Vienna last week.

He retained his place for Sunday’s Premier League visit of Leicester City, but Pierre-Emerick has been equally impressed by the ex-Atletico Madrid player at the training ground.

“Thomas has been great since joining the club,” said Arsenal captain. “He has integrated so well in the squad.

“He is kind, calm and smiley. On the pitch, we have seen already seen what he will bring us in matches.

“My family is from Gabon but I also have some roots in Ghana where Thomas is from so we are family too!

“It is good for some of our younger players as well to have a player like him, of his calibre at training. They will learn a lot from him.”

Meantime, Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City won at Arsenal for the first time in 47 years on Sunday, with striker Jamie Vardy’s late close-range header enough to secure victory in the PL at The Emirates Stadium.

The attacker’s 11th Premier League goal against the Gunners – more than any other player apart from Manchester United legend Wayne Rooney.

The win lifted the Foxes to fourth on 12 points, while the north London heavyweights stay in 10th place on nine after six matches.