Lyon president ready to block Arsenal move for prolific Frenchman

According to the reports, Arsenal’s hopes of signing Nabil Fekir in the January transfer window have taken a blow after Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas said that he expected the attacker to stay at the French club.

The north London club have been linked with a move to sign the Lyon attacking midfielder in recent days as manager Arsene Wenger ponders bolstering his squad during the January transfer window.

The speculation linking Arsenal with a move to sign him has gathered pace as the uncertainty surrounding both stars Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez’s futures at The Emirates continues.

Fekir has been in great form for Lyon so far this season, as he has scored 11 goals and providing four assists in 11 Ligue 1 matches for the French side.

It remains to be seen whether Arsenal’s interest in the French attacker is anything more than newspaper speculation, but it seems that the Ligue 1 club have no intention of selling the 24-year-old.

Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas said in an interview with SFR Sport:

“Will Fekir be at the club after the January transfer window? Yes of course.

“And nothing says that he will leave the club at the end of the season either. ‘He is under contract until summer of 2020 and likes playing for Lyon very much.

“He’s enjoying a period of success football-wise, but also regarding management as he’s the captain of a Lyon team who has got itself back on track – and that’s also thanks to him.”

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