Houssem Aouar speaks as Arsenal prepare new offer for Lyon midfielder


Houssem Aouar refused to discuss a possible transfer to Arsenal after Lyon’s draw on Sunday (Canal Plus)

Houssem Aouar has refused to address his future at Lyon as Arsenal prepare a new offer for the midfielder.

Lyon have already rejected a £ 35million offer from Arsenal for the 22-year-old and the French club are said to be holding on for an amount closer to £ 55million.

Aouar would be the priority target of Mikel Arteta, the Arsenal manager eager to strengthen his midfielder before the transfer window closes on October 5.

It is believed that Aouar would like to move on to the Premier League, while reports in France this week claimed the Gunners had already agreed on personal terms with the midfielder.

However, speaking after Lyon’s 1-1 draw with Lorient on Sunday, Aouar agreed to a post-match interview on the condition that he would not be asked about his future.

But when asked if the transfer rumors bothered the Aouar team, who had just made their 100th league appearance for Lyon, told Canal Plus: “No, not at all, that doesn’t bother anything.

“It’s on the pitch that we need to improve these things. You have to stop hiding behind this.

Houssem Aouar made his 100th appearance in the league as Lyon were tied by Lorient (AFP via Getty)

The draw against Lorient left Lyon with just six points from their first five Ligue 1 games.

And Aouar admits he was frustrated with the start of his team’s new season.

“We had the ambition to get the three points,” said the midfielder.

“We came across a very compact boulder. As very often, it is difficult to find fault with this kind of team.

“This is what we have to work on and change as quickly as possible. The start of the season is not up to what Lyon should do. Six points in five games is not enough.

Meanwhile, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said this weekend that Arsenal were not close to signing Aouar following their latest offer.

“Arsenal are too far from Houssem’s value,” Aulas said.

“We are counting on him to perform well in Lorient and lead Olympique Lyonnais in the Champions League next year. ”

Arsenal also offered Matteo Guendouzi in their candidacy for Aouar earlier this summer, but Lyon are not interested in signing the midfielder.

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