Arsenal target Houssem Aouar punished by Lyon after refusing to warm-down

Houssem Aouar reportedly refused to take part in a warm-down session after Lyon beat Angers (AFP via Getty)

Arsenal’s transfer target Houssem Aouar has been punished by Lyon after refusing to take part in a warm-down session, according to reports in France.

The Gunners pushed hard to sign the 22-year-old in the summer transfer window but were unable to agree a deal with Lyon, who were demanding a €60 million (£55.5m) transfer fee.

Aouar ended up staying with Lyon and insisted that he was not disappointed that a move away from the French club failed to materialise.

But according to L’Equipe, Aouar’s relationship with Lyon’s hierarchy is now under strain following a clash with coaching staff at the weekend.

Aouar is reportedly unhappy after he was left on the bench in Lyon’s 1-0 victory over Angers on Sunday.

The midfielder reportedly refused to take part in a post-match warm-down session with the rest of Lyon’s unused substitutes, which is standard protocol for players who do not feature in the game.

Houssem Aouar was one of Arsenal’s top targets in the summer transfer window (Getty)

L’Equipe report that Aouar blamed the poor state of the pitch as his reason for not taking part in the post-match fitness drills.

Lyon’s coaching staff are said to be ‘annoyed’ with Aouar’s decision, especially as the squad were given a day off on Monday.

Lyon’s sporting director, Juninho, has subsequently decided to drop the 22-year-old from the squad for the team’s Ligue 1 fixture against Reims on Sunday.

Aouar, who is under contract with Lyon until 2023, has also attracted interest from Manchester City and Juventus.

Arsenal, meanwhile, ended up strengthening with the signing of Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid but are understood to have wanted a second midfielder during the summer window.

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