Arsenal fans think Saliba goal may help Gunners make Aouar transfer

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Several Arsenal fans have shared their theory on social media that a William Saliba goal over the weekend could help the Gunners complete a move for Houssem Aouar.

Saliba, who is on loan at Nice, scored the winning goal in their 3-2 win over Lyon on Sunday with a header from an in-swinging free-kick, his first of the campaign.

The result condemned Lyon to fourth place in Ligue 1, meaning they will have to settle for Europa League football next season.

Aouar has been strongly linked with an exit from Les Gones for some time, with Liverpool and Arsenal both credited with interest in the highly rated 22-year-old.

However, several Arsenal supporters went as far as reckoning that Saliba may have hugely helped his parent club to finally get a deal over the line this summer.

One post on the r/Gunners Reddit thread received plenty of likes for suggesting that, while several Arsenal fans took to Twitter to thank Saliba or praise Mikel Arteta for their roles in trying to persuade Aouar to make the move to the Emirates.

The thinking is that Lyon will have to lower their asking price for Aouar without Champions League football, making him an affordable target.

Aouar is currently valued at £45m on Transfermarkt, and with only two years left on his contract, that fee may represent somewhere close to his true value.

But without the temptation of playing in the Champions League, it seems more likely than ever that Aouar could well be on the move this summer.

Especially after he admitted that this could be the final time he finds himself in a Lyon shirt ahead of the summer transfer window.

“This could be (my last match at Lyon), but it could also not be," the midfielder said ahead of Sunday's clash with Nice. "I do not ask myself these sorts of questions before an important match like this.

“I have not played as much as I would have liked. I struggled to come back after COVID. A pretty mixed season (for me).

“I have improved in terms of managing injuries. I am happy with my statistics in the few matches that I have done, so a mixed season. I feel good, I am at 100% for this match.”

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