Houssem Aouar, who failed to join Arsenal during the summer window, said he was not disappointed in the slightest.
At a GlanceSports – Houssem Aouar claims there is no disappointment on his part when the absence of the summer transfer failed,
Aouar, who plays consistently with Lyon, has indeed been widely rumored to be joining Arsenal.
Real Madrid are also said to be interested in hiring the French player, with Zinedine Zidane keeping a close eye on the player's progress.
However, no agreement was agreed upon, and Lyon made it clear that discussions would not take place nearing the deadline.
Aouar is likely to receive another offer from Arsenal in January, but the Lyon side are pleased that he is still in France.
Asked about his emotions after stirring up so much speculation, the talented playmaker told reporters while on international duty:
“Of course I thought about it, but not to the point of making me unfocused.
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“I can still focus and get some points for my team that's the most important thing. So of course we will try to do our best in the season and try to put the team and the club back to where they belong, at the top of France.
“Disappointed? I thought the opposite, because I stay at the club I love, with my friends and family.
“So of course I have all my attitude and that gives me more motivation to have a good season and bring the club back to the top spots in France.”
Arsenal could not find the funds to take Aouar to north London in the final window as they prioritized a deal to sign midfielder Thomas Partey.
But the Gunners are expected to make a move for opportunities later in January.
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