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​Arsenal hero Wright wants Aouar signed next summer

Arsenal legend Ian Wright hopes the club can sign Houssem Aouar next term.

The Lyon midfielder was a key target for manager Mikel Arteta.

But the club only had the cash to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid, meaning any move for Aouar has to wait until next season.

Wright hopes the playmaker is a future Gunner, even if the club has to wait a year to get him.

"I'm very happy [with Partey]," Wright told Premier League Productions.

"The way he played in midweek against Rapid Vienna, OK they're not the greatest opposition but he was magnificent.

"He's exactly what Arsenal are looking for. He can bring the ball forward and he can set moves going. I think we'll see [Granit] Xhaka dropping in and [Dani] Ceballos further forward because at the end of the day that's where Arsenal still need to create in that last third of the pitch.

"I don't mind that [Partey's disciplinary record] because he's somebody that does intercept. Already from his first game he's got more interceptions individually than the rest of Arsenal's midfield. He's somebody that can win the ball but he can progress the ball.

"They still need more, he's not the main one and that's why Arsenal went for Houssem Aouar as well. I'm hoping they can still get him at some stage but Partey is a massive improvement on what Arsenal have got."

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