Mikel Arteta ‘took notes about Houssem Aouar in corridor’ in 2018 as Arsenal close in on Lyon midfielder

MIKEL ARTETA reportedly took details about Houssem Aouar after a Champions League match with Manchester City.

The Spaniard's interest in the Lyon playmaker stretches back to 2018 as Arsenal close in on a move for the 22-year-old.

Arteta is desperate to bring the player to north London and has reportedly made him the club's number one target.

And part of that decision may have been motivated by the quality Aouar showed in front of Arteta, when the Gunners boss was at Manchester City.

Lyon memorably took four points from the Premier League side back in the 2018/19 Champions League group stages.

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The Ligue 1 outfit claimed an unlikely scalp at the Etihad, while an Aouar masterclass saw them hold City to 2-2 draw in France.

According to Get French Football News, L'Equipe claim that Pep Guardiola spent a long time congratulating the midfielder after the match.

His assistant at the time, Arteta, also allegedly spent time with Aouar in the corridors of the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium.

The report claimed that he praised the Frenchman for his standout showing before taking down some details relating to the youngster.

Two years later Arteta is said to be willing to sell THREE members of Arsenal's first-team squad in order to get Aouar.

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Lucas Torreira, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Sead Kolasinac have all been tipped to leave North London before next month’s deadline.

Second-choice goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez has already been sold to Aston Villa for £20million.

And Arteta wants to add at least one more top-class signing following the arrivals of Willian and Gabriel Magalhaes.

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