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Ian Wright would like to see Arsenal strengthen their interest in Houssem Aouar. Arsenal tried to acquire the France international’s services from Ligue 1 giants Lyon in the summer.
The Gunners tabled two bids for the midfielder, the second of which is understood to have been in the region of £35million. However, Lyon dismissed both of the Gunners’ approaches for the 22-year-old.
That paved the way for the north Londoners to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid on deadline day. The arrival of Partey has pleased Wright, although the Gunners’ former record goalscorer admits he’d still like to see his old bring Aouar to the Emirates.
“I’m very happy,” Wright told Premier League Productions when asked about Arsenal’s acquisition of Partey. “The way he played in midweek against Rapid Vienna, okay they’re not the greatest opposition but he was magnificent. He’s exactly what Arsenal are looking for. He can bring the ball forward and he can set moves going.
“I think we’ll see Xhaka dropping in and Ceballos further forward because at the end of the day that’s where Arsenal still need to create in that last third of the pitch. I don’t mind that [Partey’s disciplinary record] because he’s somebody that does intercept.
“Already from his first game he’s got more interceptions individually than the rest of Arsenal’s midfield. He’s somebody that can win the ball but he can progress the ball. They still need more, he’s not the main one and that’s why Arsenal went for Houssem Aouar as well. I’m hoping they can still get him at some stage but Partey is a massive improvement on what Arsenal have got.”