Arsenal pursuit of highly-rated Lyon midfieder Houssem Aouar is currently facing a major deterrent as the Frenchman has ruled out a January move away from Lyonnais.
The 22-year-old has been considered a potential major addition to the struggling Arsenal team and could have already been a Gunner had Arsenal finalized his acquisition during the summer transfer window.
After failing to secure his signature prior to summer transfer deadline, Gunners quickly triggered Thomas Partey’s release clause to land the Ghana international, but the North Londoners inability to create chances has seen boss Mikel Arteta desperate to have the Frenchman at the Emirates.
Aouar has been under fire recently at Lyon following his refusal to take part in post match warm-up with teammates with reports suggesting the 22-year-old is already on a move away from Lyonnais.
But Aouar has ended talk of a fallout or a January move by telling RMC Sport: “I’ll be Lyon until next summer, at least.”
“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.” he said.
On whether reports of his departure has impacted his performance this season, Aouar replied: “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.”
Aouar’s supposed fallout with the club over his failure to do a warm-up has caused quite the stir in France, but the midfielder says it was a ‘misunderstanding.
“Honestly, there is nothing serious, we have done a little too much. It started with a misunderstanding. What you need to know is that against Angers, I did not return because of the quality of the field. After the match, there was training on the same pitch (for unused players), and I refused to participate for the same reason: because of the quality of the pitch.
Arsenal will hope to push further with hopes of convincing the midfielder to North London this winter window.