Arsenal target Alexandre Lacazette will remain a Lyon player, according to their manager Bruno Genesio.
That’s according to the Express, who report the French manager has deliberately spoken out to try and shoo the Gunners from bidding.
There was speculation in the Mirror that Arsene Wenger was keen to sign the fellow Frenchman this summer, after missing out on forward Jamie Vardy earlier in the transfer window.
But Genesio has deliberately come out and spoken about Lacazette, insisting he will be playing in Ligue 1 this coming season:
“It is important for him and for the group. I do not think he is at all affected by this period and the noises around him. In any case, he will stay at Lyon.”
Lacazette scored 21 league goals last season, and 27 in Ligue 1 in the 2014-15 campaign.
The Gunners have only made one notable transfer this summer, bringing in Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka. But with many fans left frustrated over the lack of activity, their pain looks set to be shared by Wenger after yet another blow.
Arsenal kick off their new season by hosting Liverpool on August 14th.