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Houssem Aouar refuses to address future as Arsenal prepare new offer for Lyon midfielder

first_imgHoussem Aouar refuses to address future as Arsenal prepare new offer for Lyon midfielder Advertisement Comment Houssem Aouar refused to discuss a potential move to Arsenal after Lyon’s draw on Sunday (Canal Plus)Houssem Aouar has refused to address his future at Lyon as Arsenal prepare a new bid for the midfielder.Lyon have already rejected a £35 million offer from Arsenal for the 22-year-old and the French club are understood to be holding out for a fee closer to £55m.Aouar is reportedly Mikel Arteta’s priority target with the Arsenal manager keen to strengthen his midfield before the transfer window closes on October 5.Aouar is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League, while reports in France have claimed this week that the Gunners have already agreed personal terms with the midfielder.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, speaking after Lyon’s 1-1 draw with Lorient on Sunday, Aouar agreed to a post-match interview on the condition that he was not asked about his future.But when asked if the transfer rumours are disturbing the team Aouar, who had just made his 100th league appearance for Lyon, told Canal Plus: ‘No, not at all, it does not disturb anything.‘It’s on the pitch where we have to improve these things. You have to stop hiding behind that.’ Advertisement Houssem Aouar made his 100th league appearance as Lyon were held to a draw by Lorient (AFP via Getty)The draw against Lorient has left Lyon with just six points from their opening five Ligue 1 games.And Aouar admits he has been frustrated by the start his side have made to the new season.‘We had the ambition to get the three points,’ said the midfielder.‘We came across a very compact block. As very often, it is difficult to find the loophole against this kind of team. ‘This is what must be worked on and changed as quickly as possible. The start of the season is not up to what Lyon should do. Six points in five games is not enough.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalMeanwhile, Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, has said this weekend that Arsenal are not close to signing Aouar following their latest offer.‘Arsenal are too far away from Houssem’s value,’ Aulas said.‘We are counting on him to put in a great display away to Lorient and lead Olympique Lyonnais into the Champions League next year.’Arsenal also offered Matteo Guendouzi in their bid for Aouar earlier this summer but Lyon are not interested in signing the midfielder.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 27 Sep 2020 6:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link7.3kShareslast_img read more

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BETTER PREPARED W.|Visayas braces for ‘destructive Tisoy’

first_imgOffice of Civil Defense Region 6 director Jose Roberto Nuñez says the public should remain prepared for typhoon Tisoy, although it will not directly hit Western Visayas. Screencapture from earth.nullschool.net These villages include Barangay Pagbunitan in Sigma; Barangay Sto.Angel in Dumalag; barangays Tinaytayan, Poblacion Ilaya and Salcedo in Dumarao;barangays Enseñagan and Tincupon in Panit-an; and Barangay Malagab-i in Cuartero.  “Mag-raise tayo ng blue alert status starting 8a.m. on Monday. Kailangan nating i-activateang operation center para ma-monitor at maka-response kaagad samga areas especially in Panay,” OCD Region 6 director Jose Roberto Nuñez. He cited the state weather bureau’s forecast, saying Tisoy will notdirectly hit Western Visayas. The typhoon’s center will mostly affect areas inLuzon and some parts of the Eastern Visayas, he said. Although the region is not along the typhoon’s projected path, theOffice of Civil Defense (OCD) is not leaving anythingto chance as Tisoy’s outer rain bands may bring scattered rains andthunderstorms. In its 5 p.m. bulletin, the PhilippineAtmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said“Tisoy” was located 1,165 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes packing maximumsustained winds of 150 kilo-meters per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 185 kph.It is moving west southwest at 15 kph.  The provincial DRRM office of Capiz, meanwhile, reported on Nov. 29 thateight barangays from its five municipalities were flooded.     “Ako ay nanawagan sa lahatdito sa Western Visayas especially saPanay areas na si bagyo “Tisoy” ay na sa Pilipinas na at ako’y nanawagan sa mga landslide prone areas and flood prone areas na ‘wag antayin na ang national government ang magsabi na masiglikas na kayo. Pag-medyo alam ninyo na mataas naang tubig mag-evacuate kaagad,”Nuñez said. “Mostly doon na areas tatama ang ulan so dapat bantayan ‘yung areas especially Capiz, Aklan and Boracay na flood prone areas and Antique naman na landslide prone,” Nuñez added. ILOILO City – Starting Monday, the entire WesternVisayas will be under a “blue alert” status in preparation for typhoon Tisoy, whichentered the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Saturday. “‘Yung preparation o paghahanda dapat sa kanila sa LGU toidentify the landslide- and flood-prone areas para ma-monitor. Andthose bridges and posts natin allover Panay kailangan tingnan andma-assess para mabilis at madali ang pag-responsenatin,” Nuñez said during the RDRRMC’sPre-Disaster Risk Assessment meeting on Saturday. He also advised the landslide- and flood-prone areas in the region tonot wait for the order to evacuate if they see a rising water level in theirareas, reminding the LGUs to identify and put signs in evacuation centers to beused by the locals.  Nuñez, however, alerted the provinces of Capiz, Aklan and Antique,including the Boracay Island in Malay, Aklan for a higher possibility ofthunderstorms in their area if typhoon “Tisoy” enters the Philippine Area ofResponsibility today.      Meanwhile, Iloilo City mayor Jerry Treñas issued Executive Order No.148 which raised a “blue alert” status in the city on Nov. 29, activating theIloilo City Emergency Operations Center to provide command, control,coordination, and communications” in preparation for the typhoon. Nuñez, who chairs the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and ManagementCouncil (RDRRMC) 6, urged the local government units (LGUs) and DRRM councilsparticularly of Capiz, Aklan and Antique to intensify their monitoring of thelandslide- and flood-prone areas. The flooding subsided as of this writing and none has so far beenbrought to the evacuation centers, Nuñez said.  The “blue alert” status means all local DRRM councils with the concernedagencies including the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the ArmedForces of the Philippines, the Philippine Coast Guard, the Department of SocialWelfare and Development, and the Department of Health will monitor thesituations in their respective areas at all times and to file a situationalreport to the Operations Center of the RDRRMC which will be tasked to submit a reportto the national DRRMC./PNlast_img read more

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