Arsenal target Houssem Aouar forced to miss Lyon’s Ligue 1 opener against Dijon after testing positive for coronavirus and pulls out of Didier Deschamps’ France squad

Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar was forced to sit out their Ligue 1 opener with Dijon on Friday night after testing positive for coronavirus.

The French playmaker was the only player in the Lyon squad to test positive for coronavirus after the club’s latest round of medical checks, and has been put into quarantine for the next 14 days.  

Memphis Depay scored a hat trick as Lyon claimed a 4-1 home win. 

Lyon have confirmed that midfielder Houssem Aouar has tested positive for Covid-19 

A Lyon statement said: ‘Olympique Lyonnais confirms to have organised, on Thursday 27 August, a new test of all its players and professional staff in anticipation of the match against Dijon at Groupama Stadium.

‘The results received this morning by the medical management of the club revealed that Houssem Aouar is the only player in the squad to have tested positive for Covid-19.

‘As soon as the results were made known, Houssem was put into isolation for a fortnight while still being completely asymptomatic.

The midfielder will be unable to play for France in the the UEFA Nations League matches

‘Olympique Lyonnais can also confirm that the contamination of the player occurred outside the club.

‘Houssem Aouar will return to training with the first-team squad in 10 to 15 days, depending on his next follow-up tests.’

Aouar will also have to pull out of Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the UEFA Nations League matches against Sweden and Croatia.

Paul Pogba and Tanguy Ndombele were also forced to withdraw having contracted coronavirus earlier this week. 

Arsenal have reportedly made a player-plus-cash offer for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar

Aouar has been linked with several European giants this summer, including Juventus and Manchester City, having helped the Ligue 1 side to reach the Champions League semi-finals this term. 

But according to L’Equipe, Aouar has caught the eye of Arsenal this summer, with the Gunners prepared to offer French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi in negotiations.

The report says the north London side are the only club to have made an approach for Aouar so far, despite interest from Juventus. 

But Lyon are holding out for £54million for their star man, meaning Arsenal will need to raise their cash part of the offer if they want to get their man.   

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