Arsenal are unlikely to land Lyon captain Maxime Gonalons this summer after the midfielder admitted that he wanted to remain at the Ligue 1 club for at least another season.
The Gunners were linked with a £10m bid for the 24 year old in May after manager Arsene Wenger was said to have received positive reports from French head scout Gilles Grimandi.
The former Arsenal defender played a major role in helping the club sign Yaya Sanogo earlier this summer but it seems Wenger will miss out on another Lyon target, having already failed to secure the services of Clement Grenier.
"I know Lyon have rejected an offer from Arsenal. Of course it's flattering that clubs are interested in me," Grenier revealed to French daily Le Parisien just days ago.
Now it appears that they will also be unable to complete a deal for Gonalons after the midfielder made it clear that he wants to remain at the Stade de Gerland for another year.
"I think that I will stay at Lyon, even if I know that in football anything is possible," Gonalons is quoted as saying in Maxifoot.fr. "I have at least one more year to give to Lyon. I still have things to learn here."
Lyon had already rejected a number of offers for the defensive midfielder, with club president Jean-Michel Aulas stressing that he was part of the club's future.
"Unfortunately there are several clubs that made offers, one of them superior to £13m Euros. But, he is part of our strategy. And with that I know, Maxime wants to stay at Lyon," claimed Aulas.
The France international has impressed with Lyon in recent seasons and it was believed that Arsenal wanted to sign him in order to finally find a solution to their problems in midfield.
A huge talented defensive midfielder, Gonalons was viewed as a player who could finally fill the void that was left when Alex Song decided to move to Barcelona last summer.
However, it seems Wenger will have to look elsewhere as he looks to make some significant signings and build a squad that is capable of once again challenging for major honours.