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Arsenal  missing out on Houssem Aouar as PSG step up their interest in playmaker

Premier League side Arsenal are face an increasingly difficult battle to land Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar with Paris Saint-Germain ready to step up their interest in the French midfielder.

The Gunners held talks over a deal for the 22-year-old attacking midfielder in the summer but in the final days of the summer transfer window, Lyon decided to end negotiations.

However, according to RMC Sport, via Le10Sport, PSG plan to step up their interest in the spring and strike a deal that will see Aouar join the Ligue 1 champions next summer.

Aouar, meanwhile, admitted that he was happy to remain with the French side despite Gunners interested in bringing in to Emirates in January.

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‘It wasn’t necessarily Arsenal and nothing else, even if in the end it looked something like that,’ told TF1. I had to make a choice and I’m happy to stay here.’

‘I am happy to stay in Lyon. It’s my city, my club. It’s an immense source of pride to represent OL.

‘I had a lot of discussions with [sporting director] Juninho. He shows confidence in me every day. Staying here for another season – or more – with him makes me very proud.’

Arsenal to face Benfica in the Europa League Round of 32

Arsenal have will play Benfica in the Uefa Europa League Round of 32 after being drawn against them on Monday afternoon in Nyon, Switzerland. The tie is probably one of the most difficult the Gunners could have been given.

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As winners of Group B, the Arsenal will play their first leg away from home on February 18th before hosting the Portuguese outfit at the Emirates on the 25th. The specific kick off times will be confirmed later today.

Arsenal want Reims striker Boulaye Dia

Arsenal have reportedly positioned themselves to sign Stade de Reims forward Boulaye Dia mid Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s struggles to break deadlock this season.

The Gunners captain scored an own-goal as the Arsenal lost 1-0 to Burnley on Sunday evening. And that defeat means the Gunners have amassed just 13 points from their opening 12 matches of the Premier League season.

The Gunners gave Aubameyang a big new contract back in the summer and, when the Gabon international signed on the dotted line, it was viewed as a significant deal.

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However, the 31-year-old forward has scored just twice in the Premier League this term – with the Gunners suffering as a result.

To make matters worse, Aubameyang scored an own goal on Sunday evening as Burnley emerged from their showdown at the Emirates Stadium with all three points.

The veteran was poor throughout the contest, while Alexandre Lacazette and Willian also endured rough evenings of their own.

And, now, Le10 Sport say Mikel Arteta’s side have ‘positioned themselves’ to sign Dia, who has been in sensational form this term, scoring eight goals from 12 Ligue 1 matches so far.