Arsenal football club is on the verge of missing the opportunity of signing the club’s major transfer targets, Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar this summer as there has not been anything concrete with less than two days to the close of the transfer window.
Prior to this summer transfer window, Partey has been linked with a move to Arsenal than any other club across Europe. He was seen as the answer to Arsenal’s defensive midfield issues but that is gradually fading away.
What has been slowing down Partey’s move to Arsenal has been issues surrounding the 27-year-old’s £45 million release clause. Arsenal seems unready to pay off the clause and Partey’s club, Atletico Madrid seems unready to allow their midfielder to go for anything less.
The fact that Arsenal lacks established names in the middle of the pack almost cost them to finish below the top 10 on the Premier League table especially during the Unai Emery’s era. When Mikel Arteta took over from Emery, he was able to work out a pattern that helped the team to move to the 8th spot and won the FA Cup which qualified them for the Europa League group stage.
However, this season might not be that fruitful for Mikel Arteta if he bank on his current crop of midfielders. He should be desperate to get players like Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar to help complement the fantastic Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicholas Pepe, and sometimes Alexandre Lacazette upfront.
What Arsenal could miss if they fail to sign Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar
Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder Thomas Partey is gradually slipping away from Arsenal as Chelsea is reportedly set to hijack him before the close of the summer transfer window. If Chelsea could pay Partey’s £45 million release clause, the Stamford Bridge-based club could be unstoppable with the addition of Partey in an already star-studded squad to the detriment of Arsenal.
This is why: Thomas Partey is a Ghanaian and Atletico Madrid defensive midfielder. These two teams are known for high pressing and hard tackling football. These two attributes are what Partey represents.
Technically speaking, Partey can play corners, make deadly crosses, good dribbling skills, strong tackling ability, a good passer of the ball, can mark down any player with huge stamina, and can also score goals via penalties and via long-range shots.
Last season, Thomas Partey played 46 games for Atletico Madrid; the defensive midfielder scored 4 goals and provided 1 assist in all competitions.
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On the other hand, Houssem Aouar who has reportedly made it clear that he is not leaving Lyon for Arsenal or any of his numerous suitors, is a perfect addition to any midfield formation in the world.
The abilities of the 22-year-old French midfielder has attracted the interest of some of the biggest clubs in Europe including Real Madrid. No club that would not want a youngster like Aouar who can play anywhere in the midfield especially as an attacking midfielder.
The Frenchman’s technical ability plus his ability to be calm when under pressure are two key factors that would have gone a long way to help Arsenal to finish better in the league this season. Unfortunately, the player says he intends to stay put at Lyon for now.
Last season, Houssem Aouar played 41 matches for Lyon; he scored 9 goals and provided 10 assists in all competitions.