Arsenal transfer target Houssem Aouar speaks out on Lyon situation

Houssem Aouar has claimed he has no regrets over his failed summer move to Arsenal.

Aouar agreed personal terms with the Gunners but the club saw two bids for the France midfielder rejected by Lyon sporting director Juninho.

Instead, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta turned to his other priority midfield target and met the release clause of Thomas Partey to prise him from Atletico Madrid on Deadline Day.

The Gunners will reportedly reignite their interest in Aouar in January or next summer, but in the meantime the 22-year-old insists he is content at Parc Olympique Lyonnais.

Speaking to RMC Sport, he said: “I do not see how I could be unhappy in my city, in my club. 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.”

On his failed move to the Premier League, Aouar, who scored nine goals in 41 games last season, added: "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.

"Certainly, everyone knows it, we have one of the best presidents, I am very happy to play for his club.

"He brings an enormous amount on a daily basis, it is a joy to be able to play under his orders."

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