Maxime Gonalons "flattered" by interest

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Arsenal transfer target Maxime Gonalons admits he is "flattered" to be linked with a move to some of Europe's biggest clubs - but is happy with his decision to snub interest to stay at Lyon.

Napoli and AS Monaco had both been linked with a move for the 24-year-old, while Arsene Wenger is known to be a long-term admirer - he was linked with a £10 million swoop for Lyon's captain back in May.

The French tactician was reportedly chasing Gonalons as one of his top midfield transfer targets over the summer, but after the France international opted to stay with current club Lyon, Wenger was forced to turn his attentions elsewhere.

Mathieu Flamini re-signed for Arsenal on a free transfer after leaving the north London outfit in 2008 following a succession of injuries.

And the 29-year-old Marseille-born star has been one of Arsenal's stand-out performers this season, with Wenger's men leading the Premier League and sitting top of their Champions League group at this early stage.

So while Arsenal don't regret missing out on Gonalons for now, the man himself has left the door open to a potential future switch, conceding that he was "flattered" to be linked with the Emirates outfit, among others.

As reported by, Gonalons said: "I never live with regrets. I was flattered to be followed by major European clubs. I still am."

Having signed Flamini and Mesut Ozil following Gonalons' snub, it remains to be seen whether Arsenal will reignite their interest in the Frenchman.

For now at least, Lyon have kept hold of one of their most prized assets, much to the relief of the Ligue 1 giants.

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