Aouar explains why Arsenal were snubbed for transfer despite being No.1 target

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has explained why he is staying at the Ligue 1 club after a transfer to Arsenal failed to materialise.

The 22-year-old was heavily linked with a summer switch to the Emirates as Mikel Arteta looked to bolster his midfield.

The Gunners were also keen on Atletico Madrid's Thomas Partey but it seems neither midfielder will join up with the north Londoners this year.

Aouar was one of two key players who was linked with a Lyon exit this summer, with Memphis Depay potentially joining Barcelona.

But again it seems like neither deal will now happen.

Having clearly been informed that a move is off the cards, Aouar has explained why he's now staying at Lyon.

"First because I feel that I could still bring things to this team and the club, it's that simple," he told Telefoot.

"I wanted to continue the adventure with the club that raised me. We now have to raise our heads because we have to do better."

Arsenal beat Sheffield United on Sunday but speaking prior to the clash Arteta seemed confident in Arsenal bringing in additions before the window closes.

“I am very confident with what we are trying to do internally," Arteta said in his pre-match press conference on Friday.

"The clarity from everyone in the club most importantly to get balance in the squad."

However, with the deadline fast approaching this evening it's not looking likely that Arsenal will not add to their squad.

Willian, Gabriel Magalhaes and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang extending his contract have been the major pieces of business the club have completed so far this summer.

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