Houssem Aouar sends message to Arsenal over January transfer

Arsenal are keen on signing Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar (Reuters)

Arsenal target Houssem Aouar insists he will remain at Lyon until the end of the season and has ruled out the prospect of a move in the January transfer window.

The French midfielder was one of Mikel Arteta’s top targets in the summer window but the Gunners were able to reach an agreement with Lyon, who were holding out for a €60 million (£55.5m) transfer fee.

Last week, Arsenal’s hopes of a potential deal in the upcoming window appeared to be boosted after Aouar was dropped from Lyon’s squad over his alleged refusal to take part in a warm-down session after his side’s win over Angers.

But in an interview with RMC Sport, Aouar has said that he will be staying at Lyon ‘until next summer, at least’ and has denied suggestions that he is not happy at the club.

‘I do not see how I could be unhappy in my city, in my club. That is something that I do not understand,’ Aouar said.

‘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.

Houssem Aouar intends to see out the season with Lyon (AFP via Getty)

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