Rising star Fekir favours Arsenal move over Man Utd and Man City transfers

Date published: Thursday 9th November 2017 9:00

Nabil Fekir’s performances for Lyon have been gaining him plenty of admirers across Europe, according to reports.

The playmaker already has 12 goals to his name this season, from 15 appearances – including the two he scored at the weekend in the derby game against St Etienne, which finished 5-0 to Lyon.

Fekir’s progress was slowed when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury in September 2015, but is now beginning to fulfil his potential with some dazzling performances for his club.

The 24-year-old has been mentioned before as a long-term replacement for Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez at Arsenal, who are almost certain to leave the Gunners in the summer.

Arsene Wenger will have been pleased to hear that the Gunners are one of Fekir’s preferred destinations, should he choose to leave Lyon.

Fekir has retained a close relationship with Arsenal’s summer signing – and former-Lyon player – Alexandre Lacazette, which would mean settling into his new life in London would be a breeze.

Not only that, but the forwards father has previously suggested that working with Wenger at Arsenal would be favourable.

“Nabil would like to finish 1st or 2nd and play Champions League football with Lyon,” the Frechman’s father said in 2015.

“If he leaves, it will be for Arsenal. It’s the only club that can enable him to progress, with Arsene Wenger.

“He will not go to Manchester City to sit on the bench,” he concluded.

The possibility of staying in France with Paris Saint-Germain was ruled out by Fekir himself, who stated that the Premier League or La Liga were two destinations that attacted him more than anything.

“When you are Lyonnais, the only attractive French club remains Lyon,” he told Le Parisien this week . “There isn’t another which tempts me more than that.

“Spain and England are two very attractive championships.

“Me, I like the game, the beautiful game. The teams that are only in the duel do not interest me. That’s not football.”

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