Houssem Aouar, Arsenal target, decided to stay in Lyon for three main reasons

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Aouar has reportedly decided to stay with Lyon (Photo: Getty Images)

Liverpool legend John Barnes says he “wouldn’t worry about Houssem Aouar” if he was in charge of Arsenal and admits Thomas Partey could be the solution to their defensive problems.

Mikel Arteta is looking for a midfielder to strengthen his options at the center of the park, with Aouar and Partey being the two most closely related players.

However, Lyon have reportedly confirmed that Aouar will not be leaving the club this summer.

Partey would help defense, says Barnes

Partey would help the defense, says Barnes (Photo: Images)

French club president Jean-Michel Aulas admitted earlier this week that the Gunners are struggling to come close to their £ 46million assessment of the 22-year-old playmaker.

Meanwhile, Partey has been a long-term target for Arsenal, and despite the midfielder reportedly keen on moving to the Emirates Stadium, Atletico Madrid insist their £ 45million release clause must be paid in full, which the Gunners have so far been unable to do.

Barnes believes Arsenal should prioritize strengthening their defense before their attack and suggests combative Partey could be the answer to their problems.

“If I was Arsenal or Mikel Arteta, I wouldn’t be worried about Houssem Aouar, I would watch my defense,” Barnes told BonusCodeBets.

“Arsenal need more defenders and quality defenders. It is not in attack where they need to be strengthened, their attackers are good. Once you get to Arsenal Four you can really get them into trouble and it has been their problem for a while.

You compare them to Liverpool, whose midfielder three supports the defense, which therefore allows the top three to flourish.

That’s the difference, working as a cohesive team unit with and without the ball. Many great teams need quality defensive players, not just exciting attacking talent.

“They are linked with Thomas Partey, a good defensive midfielder with a lot of attributes that could really help Arsenal, he could be the solution they need to stop conceding so many goals, especially away from home. ”

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