Arsenal target Houssem Aouar ‘left out of Lyon squad’ for refusing to train

Arsenal target Houssem Aouar has reportedly been left out of the Lyon squad to take on Reims this weekend after refusing to train.

Aouar was an unused substitute in Lyon's 1-0 win over Angers on Sunday, and, as a result, opted against warming down with his team-mates after the match.

The midfielder claimed that he didn't want to take part in the half-hour warm down, which had been pre-scheduled by staff as an alternative to training on Monday, because of the condition of the pitch.

His refusal to leave the dressing room, which he retreated to a few minutes before the final whistle, rubbed Lyon staff up the wrong way.

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According to L'Equipe, sporting director Juninho and director of football Vincent Ponsot, with the consent of president Jean-Michel Aulas, have decided to punish the 22-year-old.

And Aouar is set to be left out of the Lyon squad entirely when the Ligue 1 giants play host to Reims this weekend.

Aouar was close to joining Arsenal in the summer transfer window, before Aulas ruled out a move and the Gunners turned their attention to Thomas Partey.

The midfielder claimed he was pleased with the outcome, telling Telefoot at the time: "I am happy, this is my city and this my club.

"I am proud to represent this club, I have so much motivation to make a great season. We made a choice, I'm happy to stay here. Aulas and Juninho convinced me to stay in Lyon."

Arsenal remain linked with the midfielder and are expected to rekindle their interest in him at the end of the season.

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