Houssem Aouar speaks out on his future amid Arsenal transfer speculation


Houssem Aouar has suggested he wants to stay at Lyon (Photo by Baptiste Fernandez/Icon Sport via Getty Images) Photographer: Baptiste Fernandez Provider: Icon Sport via Getty Images Source: Icon Sport Copyright: 2021 Icon Sport

Lyon playmaker Houssem Aouar has downplayed speculation linking him with Arsenal.

The Frenchman was a target for Mikel Arteta last summer, with the Gunners shortlisting Aouar as a target in creative midfield.

Martin Odegaard had returned to Real Madrid and the La Liga giants were playing hardball over their £45m asking price, while Leicester City made it clear that they had no intention of allowing James Maddison to leave.

Arsenal would eventually sign Odegaard but Arteta remains keen to add more flair to his frontline after the departure of Willian.

However, Aouar has suggested his future remains in Lyon as he ‘dreams’ of playing Champions League football with his hometown club.

Aouar has been linked with Arsenal (Photo by Baptiste Fernandez/Icon Sport via Getty Images) Photographer: Baptiste Fernandez Provider: Icon Sport via Getty Images Source: Icon Sport Copyright: 2021 Icon Sport

‘As someone who’s from Lyon, to be able to play in the Champions League in this stadium is something I’d like to be able to do again – all of that is down to qualifying this season,’ said Aouar.

‘Then I’d like to win a trophy, because that’s what’s missing the most for me at this club.

‘I’m fully concentrated on Lyon. Playing in the Champions League again with my hometown club is an objective and a dream of mine.’

Arsenal picked up their first points of the season after a 1-0 win against Norwich at the Emirates on Saturday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted from close-range to see off the Canaries and to take the Gunners off from the bottom of the Premier League table.


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