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Arsenal transfer round-up: Gunners had Aouar ‘ceiling’ as Juventus plan swoop

Arsenal lost their second match of the Premier League season on Saturday, falling to Raheem Sterling’s first-half strike against Manchester City.

While Mikel Arteta’s side produced a more solid performance than most outings against Pep Guardiola’s side in recent years, there was still a gulf in quality that the club was unable to close during the summer transfer window.

Arsenal did make several significant signings, including the deadline day arrival of Thomas Partey, but missing out on Houssem Aouar saw their midfield lack creativity on Saturday.

We have updates on why the Gunners failed to sign the Lyon star, as well as an update on potential rivals for his services in January.

Here is the latest transfer round-up as the Gunners now settle into the rhythm of a long and arduous season.

Arsenal had Aouar “ceiling price”

Arsenal would only go so high with their bid for Houssem Aouar

In a piece titled, “Why Aouar did not sign for Arsenal,” Le10 Sport via Sport Witness reported that the Gunners had a “ceiling price” for the midfielder and would not be committed to overpaying, irrespective of the need to sign a creative midfielder.

Per the report, Mikel Arteta highlighted both Aouar and Partey as ideal targets to add to the midfield, and the club negotiated on both fronts throughout the summer window.

However, they had a specific value for Aouar that they would not rise above. It is believed that they submitted a £35million bid which was swiftly rejected by Lyon, whose valuation of the Frenchman was above the maximum price Arsenal were willing to pay.

With any move for Aouar impossible due to the disparity in valuation, Arsenal turned their attention to Partey on deadline day, activating his release clause and securing the transfer.

Juventus still interested in Aouar

Juventus were frequently named among Arsenal’s potential rivals to sign Aouar in the summer. And it has now been reported that they could return for the Frenchman in January.

Per Tuttosport via Sport Witness, claim the Italian champions are already making plans for the winter window, with Aouar named as the “most concrete” idea at present.

This report was corroborated by Gianluca di Marzio. Speaking to Sky Italia via Sports Mole, di Marzio claimed that Juventus chose to sign Federico Chiesa in the summer ahead of Aouar, who arrived on a season-long loan with an option to buy on deadline day.

However, he also reported that Juventus could return for Aouar in January as they look to further add younger talent to an ageing squad under new manager Andrea Pirlo.

Danny Murphy hails summer recruitment

Thomas Partey made his Arsenal debut on Saturday after his deadline day switch
Thomas Partey made his Arsenal debut on Saturday after his deadline day switch

Following the closure of the domestic window on Friday, Arsenal’s business is now complete until the January transfer window. Given their hesitance to spend in winter, that means their squad is relatively settled for the season ahead.

BBC Sport pundit Danny Murphy believes that Arteta and the club have conducted some excellent business, which he feels puts them in a good position to compete this year.

“I think Arteta’s recruitment in the summer was also hugely impressive,” Murphy told the Football Index podcast via The Sport Review. “I think Partey will be huge and it’s an area that the club has been vulnerable in for quite some time.

“He will provide the athleticism and tenacity in midfield that they have been missing in the middle of the pitch.

“I’m glad Ceballos is back again on loan and he shows a lot of attacking intent with his passes. Gabriel has also slotted into central defence and he looks like the real deal in the Premier League already.”

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