Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar insists he is not disappointed after missing out on a move to Arsenal during the transfer window.
The Gunners had multiple offers for the 22-year-old rejected by Lyon as the French club stood firm over their €60m (£55.5m) valuation.
Aouar was one of Mikel Arteta’s top midfield targets for the window but Arsenal, who signed Thomas Partey in a €50m (£45.4m) deal on deadline day, were unable to meet Lyon’s asking price.
But despite failing to secure a switch to the Premier League, Aouar is adamant that he is happy to remain at Lyon.
‘Of course, I asked myself all the necessary questions,’ said Aouar.
‘I am in the headspace to have a great season with my club and recover the points that we have lost.
‘So, of course, we are going to try have the best season and to try to put the team and the club back in its rightful place at the top of France.
Asked if he is disappointed that a move did not come to fruition, Aouar replied: ‘I’m the opposite.
‘I am at home, in the club that I love, with my friends and my family.
‘There is a lot of motivation, we have a quality group, with a very good team, notably in attack with certain arrivals.
‘We have satisfied with this team but now we are going to have to show it on the pitch a bit more than we have done at the beginning of this season.’