Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar insists he is not disappointed about missing out on a summer move to Arsenal.
The Gunners had several offers rejected by the French club who had slapped a €60million (£55.5m) price tag on the 22-year-old.
Arsenal eventually signed Thomas Partey in a €50million (£45m) deal from Atletico Madrid on deadline day.
Aouar, who made his debut for France in the 7-0 thrashing of Ukraine on Wednesday. said he is happy to remain at Lyon.
‘Of course I asked myself all the necessary questions.’ he said.
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‘I am in the headspace to have a great season with my club and get back the points that we have lost.
‘So of course we are going to try to do the best season and to try to put the team and the club back in its rightful place, at the top of France.
‘Disappointed? I am the opposite. I am at home, in the club that I love, with my friends and my family.
‘So certainly I have all my bearings and it is giving me even more motivation to have a good season and to bring the club back into the top places in France.’
Aouar remains a top target for Mikel Arteta and the Gunners are expected to make a fresh bid to sign him next summer.