Houssem Aouar insists he’s ‘fully concentrated’ on future with Lyon despite transfer rumours

Houssem Aouar has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in recent transfer windows, but now claims that he is ‘fully concentrated’ on Lyon and their future.

The midfielder was continually linked with a potential switch to the Emirates in the summer of 2020, before the club opted to trigger the release clause of Thomas Partey instead, before further links in the following two transfer windows including The Sun claiming talks were even held with Lyon about his potential arrival this summer.

This summer we opted to bring in Albert Sambi Lokonga to replace the hole left by Dani Ceballos return to Real Madrid following his loan spell, while Aouar was tipped as a potential replacement for Granit Xhaka who was linked with Roma before he eventually signed a new deal in north London instead.

It remains to be seen how strongly we were looking into the France international, but despite the links, he now claims that he is focused on playing for for his current side, claiming he wants to win trophies with them in the coming years.

“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,” Aouar said as quoted on the Metro.

“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.”

Could Auoar have grown frustrated with his failed exit that he is now content on staying in Lyon?


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  1. Good Mikel overlooked him. Average player and would be below average in the EPL. Trust Mikel, his signings – Ramsdale, Sambi, White, Tomiyasu are very good. Ramsdale, two matches, two clean sheets.

    1. Yeah, the more I hear about Auoar the more he sounds like a potential massive flop in the EPL. Happy with the signings this window, and I’m sure upgrades on Xhaka and AMN will be priorities for next 2 windows.

      1. “Good Mikel overlooked him “
        Didn’t Arteta make him his main transfer target last season but was overruled so we got partey ,so not sure where the trust Arteta comes from,if he had had his way he would be lining up for us this season

  2. Arsenal can I think put that idea to bed
    Having secured the services of Odegard and ESR showing up so well against eNorwich (as he has consistently) and Saka doing Sakaball not to mention Charlie Patino being touted as ready for first team(AFC Wimbledon maybe)
    Added to that AMN is reportedly being given a run and once again Norwich was a good start
    I would also like to propose that Calum Chambers be considered for a midfield opportunity ( He was Fulham’s player of the year in a central midfield position) as I think he is much maligned by some fans and commentators and made some telling passes into the box ( oh for Abraham) and has been left exposed when we defend
    You never know maybe Jack Wilshire comeback
    Next up will be those dark satanic stands at Turf Moor where life is hard lad and gaining maximum points even harder but the collective commitment last Saturday points the way to progress being possible

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