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Houssem Aouar not disappointed at failed transfer deadline day move to Arsenal

Houssem Aouar insists he is not disappointed after failing to seal a transfer to Arsenal this summer.

Lyon midfielder Aouar was strongly linked with a switch to the Gunners.

However, a move never transpired, with Arsenal refusing to meet the Ligue 1 side’s asking price, and they instead turned their attention to securing a deal for Thomas Partey.

Aouar, though, maintains that he has no qualms about the Premier League side giving up with their approach for him.

The France youth international insists that he is very happy at Lyon, and is looking forward to another season in Ligue 1.

“Of course, I asked myself all the necessary questions,” said Aouar. “I am in the headspace to have a great season with my club and recover the points that we have lost.

“So, of course, we are going to try have the best season and to try to put the team and the club back in its rightful place at the top of France.

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Asked if he was disappointed that the move did not come about, Aouar replied: “I’m the opposite. I am at home, in the club that I love, with my friends and my family.

“So certainly I have all my bearings and it is giving me even more motivation to have a good season and to bring the club back to the top places in Ligue 1.

“There is a lot of motivation, we have a quality group, with a very good team, notably in attack with certain arrivals.

“We have satisfied with this team but now we are going to have to show it on the pitch a bit more than we have done at the beginning of this season.”

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