Arsenal are determined to succed in their mission to bring Houssem Aoaur to Emirates Stadium when the transfer window re-opens in 85 days.
Aouar was believed to be Mikel Arteta’s top midfield target, but the 22-year-old pledged his allegiance to the Ligue 1 side.
Lyon remained adamant of their £46m asking price, leading Arsenal to shelve their interest and instead pursue Thomas Partey.
The efforts to land Aouar on the cheap did not go down well with Lyon president Jean-Michael Aulas. He questioned their intentions on numerous occasions in the media – even branding their efforts ‘timid’.
While the Gunners succeeded in landing Partey, they still remain very much in the hunt for Aouar.
And former Arsenal striker Kevin Cambell is adamant he will be their sole focus ahead of the January window.
When asked on The Highbury Squad YouTube channel, Campbell was adamant they will be back in for Aouar.
“Who is next? Houssem Aouar, we missed you. We didn’t get you this time!” Campbell said.
“Whether we can get you in January, I’m not sure. But I’m sure you’re next on the radar for Mikel Arteta and Edu.
“Somebody like yourself to add to the quality of that midfield, attacking, creative side. You hopefully will be a Gunner at some stage in the future.”
Edu gives Arsenal transfer insight
Arsenal appear to have a clear strategy now in terms of their recruitment. A large credit in their thinking goes down to technical director Edu. He was instrumental in bring Partey to Emirates Stadium. He also played a transfer blinder with Lucas Torreira’s move to the Wanda Metropolitano.
Edu has spoken openly about how Arsenal go about their business and has explained their thinking around the deal for Partey.
In an interview with Arsenal’s official website, the Brazilian said: “One day I would like to show the fans how we work, or how we worked.
“If you saw my plan six or seven months ago when I did it with Mikel, Thomas was there already.
“So you see how many months we had to try to find the right player for the club.
“So many things to do, so many meetings, we had to see how we were going to buy the player.
“If we had the financial situation to buy the player, the legal process, the financial process, talk to the player, talk to the agent, so there are a lot of things around this but in the end we did it!”
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