Ultimately I had to make a decision and I am happy to remain here’: Lyon star Houssem Aouar opens up on Arsenal’s failed pursuit as he admits sporting director Juninho played a huge role in getting him to stay
- Houssem Aouar revealed that he is happy that he decided to stay at Lyon
- The midfielder was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the transfer window
- Aouar provided two assists as he made his France debut in 7-1 win v Ukraine
Houssem Aouar has revealed that he is happy that he chose to stay at Lyon despite interest from Arsenal.
The highly regarded midfielder was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal during the transfer window.
However, as the deadline edged closer, Aouar ultimately ended up electing to remain at Lyon.
Houssem Aouar has revealed that he is pleased that he ended up deciding to stay at Lyon
As reported by Get French Football News, when asked if his choice was simply between joining Arsenal or staying at Lyon, Aouar said: ‘No, not necessarily. But it is true that at the end it was basically that. So, ultimately I had to make a decision and I am happy to stay here.’
There had been suggestions that Arsenal could sign both Aouar and Thomas Partey, but in the end they only brought in the latter.
Aouar provided two assists as he made his senior debut for France in the 7-1 win versus Ukraine
Aouar has a strong connection with Lyon having progressed through the ranks at the club’s academy before breaking into the first-team.
The French club were demanding €60million (£55.5m) for the 22-year-old.
Aouar made his debut for France in the 7-1 thrashing of Ukraine this week and provided two assists.
Arsenal retain an interest in Aouar and it will be intriguing to see whether they pursue a move for him in the future.