Here is your Arsenal morning digest for Wednesday, September 30.
Guardiola and De Bruyne laud Aouar
The Frenchman has been heavily linked with a move to the Emirates this summer after impressing for Lyon, and it would seem he is not short of admirers.
Speaking after a Champions League meeting between Lyon and City in 2018, Guardiola was quick to single out the midfielder for special praise.
“Houssem Aouar is a very good player. He is incredible,” Guardiola said back in 2018.
“We talk a lot about (Tanguy) Ndombele, but Aouar is also excellent. He’s always very calm with the ball at his feet, with excellent technical quality.
“Lyon really has a very good team. There are young people full of quality and I think the team is in place tactically.”
De Bruyne echoed those sentiments after City’s shock defeat to Lyon in the Champions League knockout stages.
“Lyon have a great team,” De Bruyne said, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“I don’t follow the French league as much as other leagues, but if I have to pick one player that has impressed me from Lyon, it would be Houssem Aouar.”
You can read the full piece here.
Keane criticises ‘scary’ Arsenal record
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has discussed Arsenal’s poor record against the Premier League’s top-six away from home, deeming it ‘scary’.
Monday’s loss at Liverpool means Arsenal have now gone more than five-and-a-half years since they last beat a team in the top-six side away from the Emirates.
“That stat there is pretty scary, but it’s been a difficult few years for Arsenal, there’s been a real softness to them, but the signs are better,” Keane told Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football.
The former Manchester United and Celtic midfielder also gave his thoughts on Mikel Arteta and the club’s future under the Spaniard.
You can read his opinions here.
The real story behind Lacazette’s misses
It’s fair to say Alexandre Lacazette had a mixed evening at Anfield on Monday.
The Frenchman opened the scoring for Arsenal in the first half but then missed a golden opportunity during the second period with the score poised delicately at 2-1.
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The look of frustration was evident as he took his place on the bench after being substituted, and James Benge has written a detailed piece chronicling the former Lyon striker’s evening and the story behind things.
You can read that piece here.