Lyon GM Vincent Ponsot reveals real reason Arsenal failed to sign Houssem Aouar
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Lyon GM Vincent Ponsot reveals real reason Arsenal failed to sign Houssem Aouar

Lyon general manager Vincent Ponsot has opened up on the potential transfer of Houssem Aouar to Arsenal in the recent summer transfer window.

Arsenal were leading the rapid race for Aouar in the summer but Ponsot insists the Gunners would have not been able to retain his services as their offer was low.

The Gunners eventually secured Thomas Partey's signature on the transfer deadline day and he continues to put on impressive displays for the Premier League outfit.

Speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe, as translated by Sport Witness, Ponsot said: “We had three big clubs for him. The first one was more for next season.

“The second one was related to the departure of a player, and with this club, we could have come to an agreement. The third club was Arsenal, who offered below the market value.

“We discussed it with the player’s entourage, and together we took the decision to say no.”

Arsenal could potentially reapproach Lyon in the January transfer window.