Arsenal’s pursuit for Houssem Aouar looks set to end in failure during this transfer window after the midfielder committed his immediate future to Lyon.
The French star has been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium throughout this summer but appeared to confirm on Sunday that he is going nowhere on deadline day.
On Sunday he scored Lyon’s equaliser against Marseille in a 1-1 Ligue 1 draw, and put in a man-of-the-match performance in the process.
Houssem Aouar appears to have ruled himself out of a deadline day move to Arsenal from Lyon
The midfielder played a starring role for the French club on Sunday night, scoring their equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Marseille before committing his future to Lyon
After the game the 22-year-old took the opportunity to distance himself from a possible exit of last season’s Champions League semi-finalists.
‘I felt that I could still bring things to this team and the club, the club that raised me,’ he told Telefoot La Chaine.
Arsenal’s hopes of securing a deal looked remote heading into the weekend regardless after Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas claimed that none of his side’s key stars would be leaving the club due to issues trying to find a replacement in such a short space of time.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta had been hoping to land the French midfielder this summer
The Gunners had struggled in matching Lyon’s £50million valuation of the France Under 21 star, who was influential in guiding the club to the last four of the Champions League.
Despite the setback of failing to land Aouar, Mikel Arteta’s side could still have a busy deadline day.
They have enquired about Hertha Berlin’s 18-year-old defender Omar Rekik, while out of favour midfielder Matteo Guendouzi is set to join the German side on loan.
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