Arsenal target Houssem Aouar insists he’s ‘very glad’ he stayed at Lyon last summer as he appears to rule out January move with Mikel Arteta’s men struggling in the Premier League
- Houssem Aouar was wanted by Arsenal during the summer transfer window
- However, a move for the 22-year-old never materialised and he stayed at Lyon
- The France international says he’s happy with the choice to remain with the club
Houssem Aouar says he has no regrets about not leaving Lyon this summer after strong interest from Arsenal.
The Lyon talisman was linked with a move to the Gunners during the summer window but ended up staying with his hometown club.
The 22-year-old playmaker caught the eye of the Premier League outfit after excelling at the French giants last season – scoring nine times alongside 10 assists in all competitions.
Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar says he has no regrets about not joining Arsenal this season
The 22-year-old attracted strong interest from Arsenal during the summer but stayed at Lyon
And speaking about his decision to remain in France, Aouar said he is happy with his choice, implying too that he wishes to finish the season with Lyon too.
‘I do not see how I could be unhappy in my city, in my club,’ he told RMC Sport.
‘That is something that I do not understand (rumours that he is unhappy at Lyon). I am very happy to be here, I took the decision to stay with the club that formed me, I savour every day I have here.
‘Everything that I want, is to put this club back in its rightful place with my team-mates. I am very happy to be here, we have an enormous amount of ambitions for this season.’
Aouar has scored twice so far for Lyon this term as they sit third in Ligue 1 – two points off first
Elaborating on whether he was affected by interest from Arsenal and other clubs, the France international continued: ‘That is part of a footballer’s life, I am very well surrounded, the club and the coach have spoken with me a lot, it was quite a normal period.
‘I dealt with it well and as I said, I am very happy to have stayed.’
Lyon are currently impressing in Ligue 1 as they sit third – two points behind table-toppers Paris Saint-Germain. Aouar has scored twice in the French top flight and provided one assist during his eight outings for the club so far this term.
Meanwhile, Arsenal are continuing to struggle under Mikel Arteta in the Premier League this season. The Gunners sit 14th in the table – eight points behind league leaders, and bitter rivals, Tottenham.
Arsenal’s 2-1 loss at home to Wolves on Sunday was their fifth domestic defeat this term – with their lack of midfield creativity becoming more and more apparent.