Arsenal have ideal Houssem Aouar £20m alternative available who grew up supporting Gunners

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta may have missed out on signing Houssem Aouar but that doesn’t mean signing a talented attacking midfielder is out of the question. The Gunners surprised everyone on Monday after deciding to activate Thomas Partey’s £45million release clause.

The move came after Arsenal saw their attempts to sign Aouar fall by the wayside.

But improving his midfield options a clear objective for Arteta before the close of the European transfer window.

Both Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira were allowed to leave the club after not featuring in Arsenal’s opening games of the new campaign.

Granit Xhaka, Mohamed Elneny and Dani Ceballas have been the preferred options so far but Partey is likely to come straight in to the starting line-up to provide some extra cover infront of the defence.

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However, Arteta’s preference was clearly to sign an attacking midfielder which was made evident by their interest in Aouar.

The 22-year-old eventually made the decision that he wanted to stay at Lyon despite strong interest from Arsenal.

But there is still an ideal alternative signing available with the domestic window open until October 16.

Norwich sold both Ben Godfrey and Jamal Lewis to Everton and Newcastle respectively and Cantwell appears to have fallen out of favour with Daniel Farke having been left out of the squad in their last two games.


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The Norwich boss hinted that Cantwell hasn’t been “focused” due to ongoing speculation linking him with a move away from the club.

Leeds have shown the most interest in signing the £20m-rated midfielder.

But the Gunners would have an ace up their sleeve if they were to enter the running for his signature with Cantwell being a boyhood Arsenal fan.

He hinted at his allegiances back in June when Thierry Henry sent him a message of support after Cantwell took a knee in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following his goal in the 2-1 FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Manchester United.

Cantwell replied: “My idol, it’s love @ThierryHenry” with a heart emoji.

He also won the hearts of many Arsenal fans when he shushed the Tottenham crowd following his penalty for Norwich which helped knock out Jose Mourinho’s side from the competition.

Not only does Cantwell still clearly hold Arsenal close to his heart though, he has also proven to be a top talent.

The midfielder dazzled at times in his debut season in the Premier League, which included unforgettable goals against Chelsea, Manchester City, Everton and – Arsenal.

In a team with attacking players such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willian and Bukayo Saka ahead of him, Cantwell’s creative flair would also be on show far more than what he could manage during Norwich’s relegation-threatened campaign.

If Cantwell stays at Norwich and they get promoted back to the Premier League, that £20m asking price will almost certainly go up to the same kind of money Lyon were demanding for Aouar.

Strike now, and Arsenal may well have another future star for England on their books.

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