Arsenal fans convinced Houssem Aouar is leaving Lyon after cryptic transfer hint

Some Arsenal fans are convinced that Lyon star Houssem Aouar is set for a move to the Emirates in January, after the midfielder appeared to drop a hint about his future.

Arsenal attempted to sign the 22-year-old over the summer but they were ultimately unsuccessful and failed to bring in a creative midfielder at all.

That failure has had a major effect on their struggles this season, with only the current bottom four managing to score fewer Premier League goals than the Gunners.

They have been linked with a number of creative options in January and Aouar could be available, with Ligue 1 clubs facing a major financial crisis.

Back in 2018, Mediapro and BeIN Sports agreed an unprecedented TV rights deal with Ligue 1 which was worth more than €1.15bn per year (£1.04bn), with Mediapro due to pay €814m (£736m) each year.

The company did pay the first instalment of €172m (£155m) in August but they asked to defer their October payment and it appears unlikely that they will make the next payment on December 5.

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Ligue 1 sides had already taken a major financial hit when they became the only major European league to cancel the 2019/20 season amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and the collapse of the four-year broadcast deal with Mediapro has only worsened their situation.

As a result, a number of clubs are expected to sell players for cut-price fees, with the league's governing body Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP) forced to take two government backed loans to prevent some sides going bankrupt altogether.

Lyon's sporting director Juninho has admitted that "there will be changes" as a result of the financial crisis and key players like Memphis Depay and Aouar continue to be linked with the exit door.

And Aouar sent Arsenal fans into overdrive when he retweeted a message from Depay which read: "Y’all will appreciate me when im gone. Enjoy the Sunday."

"Houssem Aouar had just retweeted this tweet from Depay", wrote one excited Arsenal fan. "This was tweeted about a month ago. Only can mean one thing!! #Arsenal #AFC"

"This is pretty telling", added a second.

"Houssem was watching Arteta’s tricky reds batter Chelsea", wrote a third.

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