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Grenier no regrets over Gunners snub

Last Updated: Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:29

Clement Grenier says he made the right decision to turn down a move to Arsenal this summer despite Lyon's recent struggles.

The 22-year-old looked set to leave the Stade Gerland during the off-season as the Gunners and Liverpool both made offers for the France international, who had 12 months left on his contract at the time.

It looked as though Grenier had decided to join Arsenal before changing his mind and putting pen to paper on a two-year contract with Lyon.

While Les Gones were able to keep Grenier they did lose a number of other high-profile players during the summer and have suffered as a result, slumping to 10th in Ligue 1.

In contrast, both Arsenal and Liverpool have made strong starts to their Premier League campaigns, but despite that Grenier is convinced he is at the right club - for now.

"There was contact. After that, it remains personal. I am in Lyon, I'm glad to be here, for the rest, we will see later. My goal is to be efficient as possible with OL, to fulfil the objectives of the club as well as my personal goals. For now, I am focused on Olympique Lyonnais," said Grenier.

"When major European clubs come to Gerland to watch you, it's very flattering. Lyon remain one of the biggest clubs in Europe over the last decade, we must not forget.

"Lyon is still one of the larger French teams, sure, but also European. We are in the transition years, the new stadium will happen, Lyon can become the biggest French club."

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