From the latest report, the English Premier League outfit Arsenal will not be signing their top target and Lyon midfielder, Houssem Aouar this summer transfer window.

The French Ligue 1 outfit had made it clear that they are willing to sell Houssem Aouar but the Gunners must conclude the deal before Friday last week but that did not happen as Arsenal were unable to raise his funds.

According to a Daily Express report, the North London outfit were unable to sign Houssem Aouar because of the presence of Matteo Guendouzi and Mesut Ozil at the club.

Both players have been outcast at the Emirates Stadium since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and have not been involved in games this season. The Gunners had made moves for them to be sold but that is yet to happen.

Mesut Ozil, especially, has the biggest financial commitment at the club with £350,000 weekly wage but has not been involved in games for the club and there was a need to get rid of him to be able to create the space and have the financial strength to accommodate new players.

The former Real Madrid player is reported to have been turning down offers and insisted on staying at the Emirates Stadium to see out his contract even though it seems like he might never get the chance to play at the club again.

However, it would have been easy for the Gunners to raise the funds for Houssem Aouar and pay his weekly wage if Mesut Ozil and Matteo Guendouzi had left.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.