Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier has no regrets about rejecting a possible summer switch to Arsenal, and insists he's happy in Ligue 1, reports ESPN.
In a radio interview with RMC, the 22-year-old France international spoke about his motivation for signing a new two-year contract at Stade de Gerland, and says that despite the club's poor start to the 2013/14 campaign, he is convinced he made the right decision.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was heavily linked with a move for Grenier during the transfer window, but failed in his attempts to lure the player to the Emirates Stadium.
With just 12 months remaining on his old contract, Arsenal were confident of convincing Lyon to sell for a cut-price fee, however, Grenier surprised the Premier League club, by penning an extension.
"I don't have any regrets about extending my contract, quite the contrary," he said. "I'm still learning. I hope that we're going to have a good season."
With just one victory in seven competitive games this season, as well as being knocked out of the Champions League in a play-off against Real Sociedad, it's hardly been the start that Grenier anticipated.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have hit the ground running this term, and sit proudly atop the Premier League table on goal difference, and have also navigated their way into the group stages of Europe's elite club competition.
"We've had some difficult moments, particularly the Champions League exit," admitted Grenier. "But that's part and parcel of a career.
"The Europa League is an important competition for us all the same."