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Arsenal target Clement Grenier has moved to clarify his position after it appeared he had suggested there was a chance he could leave Lyon before the close of the January transfer window.

The 23-year-old midfielder was a subject of a bid from the Gunners last summer, with reports claiming the offer was in the region of £6 million, but Lyon chose to dismiss the proposal.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger went public with his interest in the player by confirming Grenier was a target of his, and even compared the player to former Gunner Samir Nasri.

Grenier, though, signed a new contract following the interest of Arsenal and has been able to knuckle down since then, with the Frenchman scoring three times and providing four assists in Ligue 1 so far this season.

His future, however, remains the subject of speculation once more after reports emerged that Grenier had hinted there was a possibility he might depart the Stade de Gerland during the winter transfer period.

Grenier, though, has reinforced his commitment to Lyon and says there will be no transfer to Arsenal, or to any other club, this month.

"Many things have been said over the last few days. To be honest, what I did was answer a fan who asked me if I was going to stay at Lyon for the rest of my career," he told Le Parisien, as translated by Sport Witness.

"All I said was “In football, everything can happen very quickly. If I say yes and I leave in the winter, you're going to think I'm a fool”.

"That answer was misinterpreted. I extended my contract in the summer and, even if anything can happen in football, leaving in the winter hasn't crossed my mind.

"On the contrary, I want to be 100% focused on the team's upcoming challenges. This question has come at the right time. I want to clarify this again: I have not asked to leave."

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