Pep Guardiola’s assessment of Houssem Aouar amid Arsenal and Chelsea links

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola reckons Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar is the real deal.

The midfielder is one of the hottest prospects in Ligue 1 and has earned plaudits for a host of eye-catching displays.

He’s racked up seven goals in 30 appearances as we get towards the business end of the season.

Competition for his signature in the summer is expected to fierce.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City have all been touted as potential suitors.

Etihad chief Guardiola didn’t hold back when quizzed about the influential ace.

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“He is incredible,” the Spaniard told Sky Sports.

“He’s always very calm with the ball at his feet, with an excellent technical quality.”

Despite the speculation, Aouar says he’s not considering his next move.

“I am not really thinking about it, I am more thinking about the weeks to come,” Aouar explained.

“They are going to be important for Lyon and for us. I have a fair amount to still bring to the team.

“I am trying not to pollute my mind and stay concentrated on the pitch.”

Aouar could be viewed as the long-term heir to Mesut Ozil at Arsenal.

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has already hinted there could be some big some changes – especially if his side fails to qualify for the Champions League.

“The financial impact is enormous because Arsenal is structured to be in the Champions League,” he explained.

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“While you can sustain being out of it for one year or two years, after that you have to start making big decisions.

"We will have to make decisions about players depending on the scenario we find ourselves in, whether we are in the Champions League, the Europa League or nowhere near either.

“The planning has started and we’ll have a very clear idea of what we want to do, depending on where we finish the season.”

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