Houssem Aouar reacts to missing out on transfer deadline switch to Arsenal
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Houssem Aouar reacts to missing out on transfer deadline switch to Arsenal

Houssem Aouar has opened up after he missed out on a summer transfer move to Arsenal. 

Aouar was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal during the summer transfer window but the deal failed to materialize after Lyon rejected offers from the Gunners. The French club refused to let their midfielder to leave as they slapped a £55.5m price tag on Aouar. 

The Gunners opted to go for Thomas Partey as they managed to sign the midfielder on the deadline day, as their £45m offer was accepted by Atletico Madrid. 

Aouar says he is not disappointed about missing out on a summer move to the north London club. 

"Of course I asked myself all the necessary questions," he said.

"I am in the headspace to have a great season with my club and get back the points that we have lost."

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

"Disappointed? I am 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 into the top places in France."

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta remains interested in the Frenchman and the club is expected to make a fresh bid for the midfielder next summer. 

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