Mikel Arteta plans to build Arsenal midfield around Houssem Aouar Houssem Aouar is Arsenal’s top target for the rest of the transfer window (AFP via Getty Images)Mikel Arteta is planning to build his Arsenal midfield around Houssem Aouar, according to reports.The 22-year-old has established himself as one of the best young midfield prospects in Europe following his performances for Lyon.Aouar has attracted interest from Juventus, Real Madrid and Manchester City.But according to ESPN, Arsenal have made Aouar their priority target for the remainder of the transfer window.ADVERTISEMENTThe report claims that Arteta views Aouar as a key part of the midfield trio he plans to use in a 4-3-3 system with Arsenal.Arsenal have already had an bid for Aouar rejected by Lyon as the Gunners offered cash plus Matteo Guendouzi. Advertisement Comment Arsenal have offered Matteo Guendouzi to Lyon but the French club refused (Getty Images)‘We spoke on the phone. Houssem Aouar is really appreciated by Arteta. There have been some discussions for Matteo Guendouzi who is also a good player. ‘He was mentioned during the discussion, but this is not the profile we need, we were very clear. If it is like that, it does not interest us at all… it is, and we stopped.’Arsenal are currently unable to match Lyon’s valuation, although their transfer will now be boosted following Emiliano Martinez’s £20m move to Aston Villa on Sunday.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArteta, meanwhile, has said this week that he is keen to bolster his squad even further before the end of the transfer window.‘We are still active in the market, we are looking at different options,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘I would say we are active in the market for players in and out, at the moment the squad balance is not the ideal we want to achieve so there is still some work to do.‘Some positions are overbooked, I said some others, in terms of specific qualities that we need, they are still not there.‘We have to bear in mind the complication with this transfer market and the complexity and the timing, because you can see that clubs are behaving in many different ways and it is a little bit uncertain how this will work in the next few weeks.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Lyon are demanding €60m (£55.5m) for Houssem Aouar (Getty Images)Lyon, however, are not interested in a deal that includes Guendouzi and are demanding a €60 million (£55.5m) fee.AdvertisementAdvertisementSpeaking earlier this week, Lyon’s sporting director, Juninho, confirmed Arsenal’s first offer for Aouar had been turned down.‘I get along very well with their sporting director [Edu],’ Juninho said. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 13 Sep 2020 5:54 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link17.7kShares Advertisement
“Anthony will fight anyone and, as we have stated a thousand times, he wants to be the undisputed champion.“If he beats Joseph Parker then he just needs one more belt. Wilder doesn’t have a promoter so is on a one-man salesman mission – get your head on Ortiz, let us deal with Parker then join us back in the real world and this fight will get made very quickly.”Joshua, 28, will meet New Zealander Parker in Cardiff, with the winner then likely to face the undefeated Wilder.No boxer has held all four heavyweight belts simultaneously.In November, Joshua insisted he was not “ducking” any fighter, adding he would fight Wilder on “my terms”.“I don’t think Joshua has enough confidence in himself to fight me,” said Wilder. “It’s all on them. If he really wants it, he can make it happen.“I see the Parker v Joshua fight going into the later rounds. I like Parker’s movement.“With Joshua’s big frame and being muscular, that’s OK to look the part but can he get out of the way of Parker’s punches and maintain his stamina holding all that?”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram *Insists the Briton does not have the confidence to fight himBritain’s Anthony Joshua is a “cash cow” being ‘milked’ by his promoter Eddie Hearn, fellow world heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder alleged yesterday.WBC champion Wilder, 32, thinks Joshua – who has the IBF and WBA belts – does not have the “confidence” to fight him.The American, who fights Luis Ortiz on Saturday, told the BBC: “I don’t believe Hearn wants this fight at all.”Hearn responded: “It’s the biggest fight in world boxing… and I always make the biggest fights possible.”Wilder will put his WBC belt on the line against Ortiz in New York, before Joshua meets WBO champion Joseph Parker in a unification bout on 31 March.“We’re ready on this side of the pond,” said Wilder.“Joshua is like a cow, Eddie Hearn is milking him for every dollar. There have been no negotiations at all, no deal has been offered. But the world wants to see me and Joshua get in the ring.”Hearn, also speaking to the BBC, said: “Deontay Wilder has tried to sell his whole fight on Anthony Joshua – he should worry about Luis Ortiz.