Houssem Aouar has confirmed he will not be leaving Lyon for Arsenal, as he wants to play a key role in the club’s revival.
The France playmaker was Mikel Arteta’s number one priority this summer.
But the Gunners have seen multiple offers rejected for the 22-year-old, with Lyon standing firm over their €60m (£55.5m) asking price.
And now Arsenal look set to miss out on a deal, as Aouar confirmed his desire to stay after Lyon’s 1-1 draw with Marseille on Sunday evening.
“I felt that I can still bring something to this team,” Aouar told Telefoot.
“I wanted to continue the adventure with the club who raised me.
“We must raise our heads because we have to do better.”
Despite this setback, Arteta is still working to add new signings before Monday’s 11pm deadline.