Mikel Arteta has his “eye on some extra players”, says Lee Dixon, with the previous Arsenal defender hoping that a deal may be carried out for a performer of Houssem Aouar’s ilk as delivered creativity goes to be “key” for the Gunners.

A raid on Lyon for highly-rated playmaker Aouar has been mooted for a while now and formal gives had been tabled, however the Ligue 1 outfit are but to look a hefty asking fee met.

Arsenal are refusing to surrender on a pinnacle target, with Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey some other of these of their sights, and Dixon believes offers can be carried out earlier than the October five deadline.

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The Gunners great told talkSPORT of Arteta’s efforts to reinforce his ranks: “I think he’s got his eye on a few more players. If he can get them over the line in the next week or so…

“I think a creative midfield player is key. When [Dani] Ceballos came on [against Liverpool] you could see the difference in that creative side of things.

“It’s so difficult to be under that sort of pressure for that amount of time against a brilliant pressing team, then to go and play your football because you’re absolutely exhausted. We’ve all played against a team that suffocates you.

“So they need a little bit of creativity in midfield in order to get them out of those situations when they’ve been under pressure.”

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