Arsenal are reportedly once again interested in signing Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.
According to reports, Aouar skipped Lyon's pre-season training session last week as he attempted to push through a move away from the Ligue 1 side. The Gunners were interested in signing the 23-year-old last year but their 32 million offer was rejected by Lyon.
The midfielder has now hit back at the recent claims insisting he was unable to train due to an illness and has been in hospital for the start of Lyon’s pre-season campaign.
"Once again, unfortunately, another fake news was published across social media," Aouar said in a statement.
"I don’t usually answer what’s been said about me… I was sick and hospitalized over the weekend. I am doing much better now and I am ready for what comes next."
"Thank you to those who have always supported me, in the good as well as in the mad moments. Go OL!"
Lyon value their midfielder at around a fee of £55.5m.