Arsenal dealt blow in pursuit of 24-year-old Lyon star


Arsenal dealt blow in pursuit of 24-year-old Lyon star

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Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow to their ambitions to sign Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir with the player having expressed desire to play in the La Liga instead, Metro reveals.

Fekir was heavily linked with Arsenal and Manchester City this summer, but the Gunners ended up signing his teammate Alexandre Lacazzete for £52.7 million. 

There has been known mutual admiration between Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane and the young forward, with Fekir being quoted last summer “If Zizou called, I would be there tomorrow.”

The 24-year-old has been compared to Zidane because of his silky style of playing and great vision, something Arsenal have been missing since Santi Cazorla got sidelined with a serious foot problem in October last year.

And with the likely departures of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez in January, Fekir is deemed as an ideal replacement.

The forward has been impressive this season with nine goals and four assists so far as Lyon sit third in Ligue 1.

Fekir is currently tied to Lyon until 2020 and is evaluated at around £50 million.

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Premier League 2017/18

# Team P GD Pts
1 Manchester City FC 23 50 62
2 Manchester United FC 23 32 50
3 Liverpool FC 23 26 47
4 Chelsea FC 23 25 47
5 Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 25 44
6 Arsenal FC 23 11 39
7 Burnley FC 23 -1 34
8 Leicester City FC 23 2 31
9 Everton FC 23 -13 27
10 Watford FC 23 -9 26
11 West Ham United FC 23 -12 25
12 Crystal Palace FC 23 -12 25
13 AFC Bournemouth 23 -11 24
14 Huddersfield Town 23 -20 24
15 Newcastle United FC 23 -10 23
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 23 -12 23
17 Southampton FC 23 -11 21
18 Stoke City FC 23 -27 20
19 West Bromwich Albion FC 23 -12 19
20 Swansea City FC 23 -21 17