Houssem Aouar deals Arsenal transfer blow with transfer admission

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 7: Houssem Aouar of France reacts during the international friendly match between France and Ukraine at Stade de France on October 7, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by Xavier Laine/Getty Images)

Any hopes on the part of Premier League giants Arsenal of striking a winter deal for Houssem Aouar have today been dashed by none other than the Lyon star himself.

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22-year-old midfielder Aouar was of course hotly-tipped for a move to north London during the summer.

As Mikel Arteta went in search of reinforcements to his side’s ranks in the middle of the park, Aouar was one of two midfielders identified as a key target.

The other, meanwhile, was Thomas Partey.

In the end, the Gunners opted to splash the cash on the latter, activating Partey’s Atletico Madrid release clause on transfer deadline day last month.

Houssem Aouar deals Arsenal transfer blow with transfer admission

Arsenal’s Ghanaian midfielder Thomas Partey (L) vies with Manchester United’s French midfielder Paul Pogba (R) during the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on November 1, 2020. (Photo by Shaun Botterill / POOL / AFP)

And whilst the Ghanaian’s addition, in the long-term, will no doubt go on to prove a superb piece of business for Arsenal, the club’s midfield puzzle remains far from complete.

Recent weeks have seen the complete lack of a creative spark at Mikel Arteta’s disposal (as Mesut Ozil remains frozen out) widely highlighted, with a midfielder capable of both setting up teammates and finding the back of the net himself expected to be next on the Gunners’ wishlist.

In turn, a fresh swoop for Aouar, potentially as early as January, has inevitably been touted.

Lyon stay

As outlined above, however, if the latest comments on the part of the Frenchman himself are anything to go by, then an Emirates switch, during the winter window at least, appears off the table.

On Monday, Aouar held an in-depth interview with RMC Sport.

During the discussion, a number of noteworthy topics were touched upon, including the Lyon standout’s recent exclusion from Les Gones’ squad to take on Reims.

The key takeaway, when it comes to Aouar’s future at least, however, came when the 22-year-old was drawn on a potential departure from the Groupama Stadium.

Aouar went on to completely shut down the possibility of such a move coming to fruition in January, before hinting that he could even remain on the books of his long-time club beyond next summer:

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2 Liverpool FC 10 5 21
3 Chelsea FC 10 12 19
4 Leicester City FC 9 6 18
5 Southampton FC 10 3 17
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 10 0 17
7 Everton FC 10 2 16
8 Manchester United FC 9 0 16
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10 Manchester City FC 9 4 15
11 West Ham United FC 9 5 14
12 Leeds United 10 -2 14
13 Newcastle United FC 10 -3 14
14 Arsenal FC 10 -2 13
15 Crystal Palace FC 10 -3 13
16 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 10 -2 10
17 West Bromwich Albion 10 -11 6
18 Burnley FC 9 -13 5
19 Fulham FC 9 -9 4
20 Sheffield United FC 10 -12 1
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Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 9
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Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 8
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 7
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 7
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 7
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 7
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 6
Grealish, Jack Aston Villa FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 5
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 5
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 5
Ward-Prowse, James Southampton FC 4
Werner, Timo Chelsea FC 4
Mahrez, Riyad Manchester City FC 4
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 4
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion FC 4
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Jimenez, Raul Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 4

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