Arsenal’s Aouar alternatives after making January transfer window decision

Arsenal were unsuccessful in their attempts to sign Lyon star Houssem Aouar over the summer and, with Mesut Ozil exiled from the squad by Mikel Arteta, the Gunners have been lacking a creative force in the centre of the park this season.

This has contributed to their poor form, with Arsenal scoring just 15 Premier League goals so far, with the only sides to have scored less making up the current bottom four.

Arsenal are expected to try and address their issues in January with a move for a creative midfielder but, according to a report from the Athletic, it is unlikely that they will revisit their interest in Aouar.

They have been linked with a number of other options, though, with the report naming out-of-favour Barcelona youngster Riqui Puig, Borussia Dortmund's Julian Brandt and Norwich star Emiliano Buendia as potential alternatives.

Puig is not in Ronald Koeman's plans at the Nou Camp and could be available on loan in January, while Buendia impressed in the Premier League last season and could be tempted by a top flight return despite Norwich's bid for promotion.

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Brandt, meanwhile, has featured regularly for Dortmund this season but he has had to settle for cameo appearances off the bench following the sacking of Lucien Favre and the appointment of Edin Terzic as interim boss.

Former Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen has also been linked with a shock move to the Emirates, with Inter Milan looking to sell the Danish international.

Although things have not worked out for Eriksen in Italy, he would provide Arsenal with some genuine quality and is a proven performer in the Premier League.

However, his ties to Spurs and talk of a potential reunion with former boss Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain could prove a sticking point.

Sevilla's Joan Jordan has also been linked, with the midfielder said to be available for around £32m.

Known primarily as a combative midfielder, Jordan has featured in more advanced roles and he could be an attractive option for the Gunners.

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