Nabil Fekir hints at Arsenal move, but won't sit on Gunners bench

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Lyon playmaker Nabil Fekir says he wants to stay with the French club rather than sit on the Arsenal bench.

Reported Arsenal target Nabil Fekir has told L'Equipe that he is happy to stay at Lyon - and whilst he noted interest from Arsene Wenger's men, he isn't prepared to sit on the bench at the Emirates Stadium.

Fekir, 21, has been one of the stars of the season in France, racking up eight goals and six assists for a talented young Lyon side.

His exploits under Hubert Fournier this season have attracted plenty of interest, with Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain both reportedly interested in signing him.

Fekir's father Mohamed told French press earlier this season that his son would only join Arsenal, as reported here by the London Evening Standard, and now the youngster has tackled the issue himself.

French website Foot Mercato, citing quotes in newspaper L'Equipe, say that Fekir wants to stay at Lyon for now, and wouldn't be prepared to sit on the bench at Arsenal.

"I want to enter into the great stadium (Lyon’s new one, currently under construction)," Fekir said. "I feel good in this team, we are good together. And if we qualify for the Champions League, that will be another good reason for me to stay."

"Arsenal’s bench? No thank you! We will see. I don’t want to leave too early and to end up on the bench. I am a fighter and I like to play, I am not happy when I do not play. It is only my first season at the top level - at Arsenal, with the big players that they have, it would be difficult to play in their team, perhaps. But you never know," he added.

Fekir is primarily an attacking midfielder, but has often played up front for Lyon alongside Alexandre Lacazette this season, proving his versatility in the final third.

However, Arsenal already have a plethora of attacking options, such as Alexis Sanchez, Olivier Giroud, Danny Welbeck, Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla, so Fekir may well be stuck on the bench in North London if he made the move this summer.

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