Arsenal ‘turn attention to Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Brandt as interest in Houssem Aouar cools’

Arsenal ‘turn attention to Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Julian Brandt as interest in Lyon star Houssem Aouar cools’

Arsenal are reportedly contemplating a move for Borussia Dortmund star Julian Brandt having cooled their interest in Lyon’s Houseem Aouar.

Mikel Arteta’s team have really lacked creativity this season and the team is crying out for a top level attacking midfielder.

The Gunners have managed just 15 goals in 15 Premier League games, 21 less than leaders Liverpool.

£55m-rated Aouar has been a top target for some time and was strongly linked with a move to the Emirates in the summer.

However, The Athletic claim he has now slipped down the scouting pecking order.

Their report goes on to say that Dortmund’s Brandt has caught the north London club’s eye – despite the fact he has only started six Bundesliga matches this season.

The 24-year-old joined Dortmund from Bayer Leverkusen for £22.9m in the summer of 2019 and went on to contribute seven goals and 13 assists in 42 appearances in all competitions in his first campaign.

He has not quite had the same impact so far this season, managing just one goal and one assist in 22 games.

Brandt has plenty of competition at the Signal Iduna Park and could well be tempted by the prospect of instantly becoming a central part of the first team setup at Arsenal.