As virus rages in US, Trump finally wears a mask

first_imgUS President Donald Trump wore a face mask in public for the first time Saturday, finally yielding to intense pressure to set a public health example as the coronavirus rampages across America.Trump had on a dark mask featuring the presidential seal as he walked through the corridors of Walter Reed military hospital outside Washington to meet with wounded veterans.  Trump strode past reporters and did not stop to speak to them about what had become a hotly anticipated moment–would he have a change of heart on a practice recommended by the government’s own medical experts, even as he resisted?”I’ve never been against masks but I do believe they have a time and a place,” Trump said as he left the White House.News reports this week said aides practically begged the president to relent and wear a mask in public — and let himself be photographed — as coronavirus cases soar in some states and as Trump trails Democrat Joe Biden badly in polls ahead of the November election.Trump has steadfastly defended his administration’s handling of the pandemic even though the US is the hardest-hit country in the world. The country has recently seen several days of more than 60,000 new cases, nearly 135,000 people have died and states have been left to figure out on their own how to reopen without a clear and coherent strategy from the White House.To wear a mask or not has become a sort of political fulcrum for a deeply divided America.Conservatives who back Trump often refuse to don one on grounds it impinges on their freedom, while progressives tend to back the practice as a show of collective responsibility at a time of a life-or-death crisis.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend people wear masks in public when they cannot engage in social distancing.But Trump — at political rallies, media briefings and elsewhere — has repeatedly avoided wearing a mask, even after staffers at the White House tested positive for the virus and as more aides, including Vice President Mike Pence, have taken to wearing them.In May Trump even made fun of Biden when the latter started wearing a mask in public, sharing a tweet that featured an unflattering photograph of the former vice president in a black face covering.Trump has reportedly told aides that wearing a mask would make him look weak and he could not stomach the idea of letting the media photograph him in one.Even Saturday as he left the White House to head to Walter Reed, Trump made it sound like he would wear a mask only because he would be in a hospital — not that he had come around and embraced the idea of donning one regularly.”I think when you’re in a hospital, especially in that particular setting, where you’re talking to a lot of soldiers and people that, in some cases, just got off the operating tables, I think it’s a great thing to wear a mask,” Trump told reporters.Topics :last_img read more

New BBC boss threatens sack for staff who break social media rules

first_imgHe is also reportedly planning to axe some “left-leaning” comedy shows that are said to be biased on issues such as Brexit.Opposition parties have accused the ruling Conservatives under Prime Minister Boris Johnson of seeking to neuter the BBC.Davie was an executive at PepsiCo prior to joining the BBC as director of marketing in 2005. In the 1990s, he ran for election as a Conservative party councilor in London.At the hearing, he reaffirmed his predecessor’s drive to diversify the BBC’s recruitment from among ethnic minorities.But more broadly, Davie said his “key concerns were not historical issues in terms of left or right politics” but were focused on “audiences and audience values”. Topics : BBC journalists and presenters who violate impartiality rules on social media face potential dismissal under forthcoming new guidelines, the broadcaster’s new director-general said on Tuesday.The guidelines will be published “in the next few weeks”, covering both the BBC’s news department “and beyond”, Tim Davie told a committee hearing of MPs.”We will be able to take disciplinary action. We will be able to take people off Twitter. I am prepared to take the appropriate disciplinary action, all the way to termination,” he said. One of the stars who may be in Davie’s sights is former England footballer Gary Lineker, the corporation’s best paid presenter, who is an outspoken voice on Twitter.”I think only Twitter can take people off Twitter,” Lineker tweeted in response to a news story about Davie’s remarks.The new BBC boss, who took over on September 1, said that Lineker and others were aware that change was coming, and said “party political statements are not the right thing for people to be making”.In one of his first decisions this month, Davie won plaudits on the right for reversing changes to the last night of the classical music festival the Proms, which had seen the BBC accused of being too “politically correct”.last_img read more

How Ander Hererra has reacted to PSG offer amid Man Utd contract standoff

first_imgHow Ander Hererra has reacted to PSG offer amid Man Utd contract standoff Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 22 Mar 2019 6:26 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link516Shares Advertisement Advertisement Ander Herrera is being targeted by Paris Saint-Germain (Picture: Getty)Committing to Manchester United and signing a new contract remains Ander Herrera’s priority, despite growing interest from Paris Saint-Germain.The 29-year-old’s current deal expires in the summer and negotiations over an extension have hit a significant stumbling block, with United hesitant to offer significantly improved terms to a player who will turn 30 in August.Herrera is currently paid around £75,000-a-week, but has been offered double that amount by PSG, who will be in the market for midfield reinforcements come the summer having already decided to dispense with controversial contract rebel Adrien Rabiot, himself a United transfer target.Despite the lucrative terms offered by the French champions, according to The Telegraph, Herrera’s first choice would be to remain at Old Trafford and commit to the club he joined in 2014 from Athletic Bilbao.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Man Utd are also struggling to agree fresh terms with Juan Mata (Picture: Getty)Herrera has emerged as a key component of a side which has been rejuvenated under the interim management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, forming part of an impressive first choice midfield trio which also includes Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba.United are also struggling to agree terms with Herrera’s Spanish compatriot Juan Mata, who is also a free agent come the end of the season.The former Chelsea midfielder has been offered a 12-month extension but wants a longer term deal and is said to have attracted interest from Arsenal and his former manager at Valencia, Unai Emery.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorslast_img read more

Arsenal given hope of signing Dani Ceballos permanently despite no purchase option in Real Madrid loan

first_img Comment Ceballos found it difficult to establish himself in Real Madrid’s starting XI (Picture: Getty)Kovacic joined Chelsea on loan for the duration of the 2018-19 season and although there was not a buyout option in the deal, the Croatian signed for the Blues for £40m earlier this month.AdvertisementAdvertisementCeballos had been linked with Spurs and AC Milan after declaring his intention to play more regularly next season but Arsenal have won the race to secure his signature, albeit on a short-term basis.The Spain international moved to the Bernabeu in a €17m move from Real Betis in 2017 but has struggled for game time, making 56 appearances over the past two campaigns.Although Zidane was unable to find a first-team place for him next season, Ceballos is keen to establish himself at the club long-term and is hopeful that regular football with Arsenal will help him do so.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CitySpeaking about Ceballos’ imminent move, Unai Emery said: ‘Ceballos is a very good player. I know him from Betis at the beginning and Real Madrid.‘He played very well in the Under-21s, his national team won the competition. He is one eight and 10 player.’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 Arsenal Arsenal given hope of signing Dani Ceballos permanently despite no purchase option in Real Madrid loan Dani Ceballos is close to joining Arsenal on a season-long loan deal (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos on a season-long loan deal and have been given hope of buying him permanently next summer.The 22-year-old is not in Zinedine Zidane’s immediate plans but Real Madrid were reluctant to sell him outright and as such, no purchase agreement has been included in the loan agreement.Despite the lack of a buyout clause, Real Madrid have promised Arsenal that they will re-evaluate their position next summer and potentially discuss a permanent transfer then, according to Sky Italy journalist Fabrizio Romano.Should Ceballos prove to be a success at the Emirates, Arsenal will hope that they will be able to sign him full-time, as London rivals Chelsea managed with Mateo Kovacic.ADVERTISEMENT Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 23 Jul 2019 12:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.6kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Unai Emery drops Nicolas Pepe selection hint ahead of Liverpool clash

first_imgUnai Emery drops Nicolas Pepe selection hint ahead of Liverpool clash Metro Sport ReporterThursday 22 Aug 2019 3:32 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link58Shares Comment Arsenal smashed their transfer record to sign Nicolas Pepe from Lille this summer (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has hinted Nicolas Pepe is ready to play a more prominent role in Arsenal’s first team ahead of Saturday’s acid test against Liverpool at Anfield.Arsenal shattered their transfer record to sign the Ivory Coast international winger for £72million earlier this month but he has been used sparingly by his new manager thus far.Pepe was brought on as a late substitute in the opening weekend win over Newcastle but played the entire second half in the win over Burnley and showed flashes of his abundant potential.Arsenal suffered a humiliating 5-1 defeat Liverpool last season and slumped to a four-goal defeat the year before, but Emery insists his headline summer purchase is edging closer to full match fitness and would harbour few reservations at throwing him in at the deep end.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Unai Emery insists Nicolas Pepe is nearly ready to make his first Arsenal start (Picture: Getty)‘The most important thing is, like a person, to help him and his family to feel comfortable here, he said.‘Now he is three weeks into working here with us. He didn’t do the pre-season here but he’s progressively feeling better.‘For example, in the first match, he played 15 minutes in Newcastle, then he played 45 minutes against Burnley.‘I think his individual performances are progressively getting better. For Saturday, he is maybe ready to have more minutes.‘I am going to decide tomorrow, but really his progress has been positive and has been good for the team and for him.‘The most important piece of the adaptation is to help him to feel easy and be comfortable with us.’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 Arsenal Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Alan Smith slams Unai Emery as he finally starts Mesut Ozil for Arsenal against Liverpool

first_imgAlan Smith slams Unai Emery as he finally starts Mesut Ozil for Arsenal against Liverpool Read More Bukayo Saka starts after being benched on Sunday, while in-form striker Gabriel Martinelli – who scored twice in the previous round – leads the line for Arsenal.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has also made 11 changes from the side that beat Tottenham at the weekend.Welsh defender Neco Williams, 18, makes his debut for the Reds while Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain lines up against his former side.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Reacting to Ozil’s return, Gunners hero Smith told Sky Sports: ‘There will be a lot of eyes on Arsenal, and a lot of eyes on Ozil and how he plays.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘With the captaincy thing, there are five nominated in that dressing room, and he is clearly not within the circle of trust as it were in terms of the squad to attack the Premier League.‘From Ozil’s point of view, he’s got to try to reach the standards that he can, and I’m not a fan of leaving him out of every matchday squad.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I’ve felt like he has always been worth having at least on the bench, even if the manager feels he doesn’t fit into the style of play that he wants.‘He’s such a talented player so it’s good to see him in the squad and it would be good to see him having an influence on this match.’Under-fire Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka did not make the trip to Anfield so defender Hector Bellerin has been given the captain’s armband. Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling / Top articles 1/1 by Metro Full Screen Read More Comment About Connatix V67539 Coming Next ADVERTISEMENT Video Settingscenter_img Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE PLAY Advertisement Read More Skip 1 min. story Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Oct 2019 6:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link704Shares Read More Skip Ad SPONSORED Mesut Ozil starts for Arsenal in their cup clash against Liverpool (Picture: Getty)Alan Smith has slammed Unai Emery over his treatment of Mesut Ozil after he finally returned for Arsenal for the Carabao Cup clash against Liverpool.German World Cup-winner Ozil has only made two appearances for the Gunners this season and been left out of six successive matchday squads.He has been named in Arsenal’s starting line-up for the fourth-round cup clash at Andield, however, with Emery making 11 changes to the side that drew with Crystal Palace on Sunday. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisementlast_img read more

Paul Merson criticises Frank Lampard after Bournemouth stun struggling Chelsea

first_imgBournemouth secured a narrow victory in west London (Picture: Getty)Lampard brought on Callum Hudson-Odoi and Michy Batshuayi before Bournemouth scored – with Jorginho one of the players to make way – and Merson felt the Chelsea manager got his tactics wrong.ADVERTISEMENTAsked about Bournemouth’s performance, the Arsenal legend told Sky Sports: ‘They definitely didn’t deserve to lose but they didn’t dominate Chelsea.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I watch Chelsea a lot and if you can get through the first 20 minutes against them, their confidence seems to go.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘They’ve got a lot of young players and they are easy to play against sometimes. The pitch looks so small for the way they want to play, it just looks to easy to defend against.’Moving on to the Chelsea manager, Merson said: ‘With Frank, it’s not a good day at the office for him. It was 0-0 and sometimes you have to swallow the pill and settle for a draw.‘He takes off Jorginho and brings on Hudson-Odoi and Batshuayi. Tammy Abraham was already on so he has all these forwards on, everyone is bumping into each other. Paul Merson criticises Frank Lampard after Bournemouth stun struggling Chelsea Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 14 Dec 2019 5:42 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1kShares Comment Frank Lampard’s Chelsea suffered a defeat to Bournemouth in the Premier League (Picture: Getty)Paul Merson criticised Frank Lampard after his struggling Chelsea team were stunned by Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge.Injury-ravaged Bournemouth clinched a 1-0 victory in west London on Saturday as Chelsea slipped to their fourth defeat from five league games.The Premier League clash appeared to be heading for a goalless draw but Dan Gosling scored Bournemouth’s winner on 84 minutes after a VAR review.center_img Paul Merson felt Lampard got his tactics wrong (Picture: Getty)‘I think Chelsea will need to go into the market next month. This is a crisis now. If other results go the wrong way for them, their lead [over the top-four] could be down to two points.‘They’ve got Tottenham away next. It’s hard for them now. I think they have to go in the market. This squad, for me, doesn’t get into the top four.’Lampard, meanwhile, reflected on a disappointing performance from his Chelsea side.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesHe said: ‘It’s a home loss. Not good enough from us which is the story at the minute. We need to be better.‘We needed more urgency and we have to make it more difficult for them.‘Top teams show consistency and that’s what we’re striving for. There’s a lot of work to do.’MORE: Jermaine Jenas sends surprising message to Chelsea board after Bournemouth defeat Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal target Sevilla midfielder Antonio Zarzana as Mikel Arteta’s first signing

first_imgMikel Arteta is set to become Arsenal’s new manager (AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal are targeting a move for Sevilla midfielder Antonio Zarzana and could make him the first signing of Mikel Arteta’s reign, according to reports in Spain.The 17-year-old is yet to make his senior debut for Sevilla but is widely regarded as one of the best young prospects in the country.Real Madrid have already failed in their attempt to sign Zarzana, who turned down a move to Zinedine Zidane’s side.But according to Estadio Deportivo, Arsenal are now one of the front-runners in the race to sign the midfielder from Sevilla.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Metro Sport ReporterThursday 19 Dec 2019 11:55 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.9kShares Zarzana has represented Spain at Under-18 level (Instagram)The report also claims that Liverpool and Bayern Munich have already registered their interest and are keeping tabs on Zarzana’s progress.AdvertisementAdvertisementBut the midfielder, who has represented Spain at Under-18 level, has already made it clear that he is keen to make his first-team debut for Sevilla‘I heard that Real Madrid had put an offer in for me last year,’ he told Marca earlier this year.Antonio Zarzana @zar10zana vs. Real Betis JuvenilElectric and unpredictable as always, the 17 year-old once again put on a show, this time in the juvenil derby. pic.twitter.com/digieat2LT— Kevoni (@Sevilla4Life) November 24, 2019 Arsenal target Sevilla midfielder Antonio Zarzana as Mikel Arteta’s first signingcenter_img Advertisement Advertisement More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But I have always wanted to make my debut with the first team here.‘I just want to take things slowly.‘Everything is going well and I am happy where I am in the youth team, however, if I get the call, obviously I will jump at the chance.’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 Arsenallast_img read more

Arsenal’s restart preparations were hampered after positive coronavirus test saw three players pulled from training

first_imgArsenal have lost three key players to injury since the season resumed (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s hopes for the run-in were affected even more just a minute into that clash against City when Granit Xhaka had to be withdrawn with an injury, while centre-back Pablo Mari followed soon after.‘Everything went wrong from the first minute when Granit got injured and we had to change the plan a little bit,’ said head coach Arteta, who contracted coronavirus back in March, after the game.‘Every possible accident that could have happened hopefully happened today, not in the remaining 10 games that we have ahead of us.’Unfortunately for the Gunners, their bad luck with injuries continued at the weekend against Brighton, with Bernd Leno – who has been the club’s outstanding player this season – suffering what appears to be an ACL injury, which would rule him out for a long time.MORE: Mikel Arteta responds to Neal Maupay telling Arsenal’s players to ‘learn humility’MORE: ‘We need to be showing that fight!’ – Arsenal legend Ian Wright defends Matteo Guendouzi over Neal Maupay clashFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Arsenal have suffered losses against Manchester City and Brighton (Picture: Getty)Just a few days earlier, Arsenal were informed by the Premier League that one of their players had tested positive for coronavirus and needed to self-isolate for seven days – ruling him out of the City clash.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTTo add to that problem, the player in question had spent enough time alongside two of his teammates to classify as ‘close contact’, meaning they needed to quarantine for 14 days.However, with none of the players in question showing any symptoms, and having not had any players test positive for Covid-19 in previous rounds of testing, Arsenal suspected a false positive.The club took it upon themselves to get the player tested again privately, both the antigen and antibody test, and both came back negative – though as this was ‘in-house’ testing it was not approved by the Premier League.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 ArsenalThey therefore had to sit out training for several days until the next round of testing, on the Monday before they played Man City, and this time the trio’s tests all came back negative and they were finally allowed to return to training at 5pm on Tuesday, the final session on the evening before the game.All three players are believed to have travelled to the Etihad and been involved in the matchday squad, though having them absent in such a crucial period before the match, coupled with the doubts over whether they could play, significantly affected Mikel Arteta’s preparations. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 22 Jun 2020 7:51 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.4kShares Gunners boss Mikel Arteta contracted the virus all the way back in March (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s poor performances following the resumption of the Premier League season could be a result of their less-than-ideal preparations, with three players forced to withdraw from training after a positive coronavirus test last week.The Gunners have recorded back-to-back defeats since football returned, first suffering a comprehensive 3-0 loss at the Etihad in midweek before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat against Brighton on Saturday.But according to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, their preparations for that first match against Manchester City were thrown into disarray after an extraordinary series of events. Advertisementcenter_img Comment Advertisement Arsenal’s restart preparations were hampered after positive coronavirus test saw three players pulled from traininglast_img read more

Houssem Aouar prefers to join Manchester City or Juventus instead of Arsenal

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 29 Sep 2020 11:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Comment Houssem Aouar prefers to join Manchester City or Juventus instead of Arsenal Lyon have rejected multiple offers from Arsenal for Houssem Aouar (Getty)However, Arsenal are the only club to have made an official offer so far and L’Equipe report that Lyon need to make €50m (£45.4m) in player sales before the window closes.Aouar refused to address his future after Lyon’s 1-1 draw with Lorient on Sunday but insisted that speculation over his future is not distracting the team.Meanwhile, Lyon’s president, Jean-Michel Aulas, has claimed that Arsenal are still far away from meeting his asking price for Aouar.‘There was a timid offer,’ Aulas said.‘We felt like either they didn’t consider the fact that this is a player in the French national team. ‘So it was not an offer that was even susceptible to making us consider a sale.’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 ArsenalWhen asked about Aouar’s possible arrival after Arsenal’s defeat to Liverpool on Monday evening, Mikel Arteta predicted that it will be a busy end to the transfer window.‘It’s a week to go, I think it’s going to be really busy for other clubs because not much business has been done. Let’s see what happens,’ said the Arsenal manager.‘I think it will be busy for the Premier League. Busy for us, I don’t know how it is going to happen.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Houssem Aouar prefers to join a Champions League club ahead of Arsenal (AFP via Getty Images)Houssem Aouar’s preference is to join Manchester City or Juventus ahead of Arsenal, according to reports in France.The Lyon midfielder has been one of Mikel Arteta’s top targets for the transfer window but the French club have already turned down multiple offers from the Gunners.Arsenal offered Matteo Guendouzi to Lyon in a swap deal involving Aouar earlier this summer but that approach was rejected by the Ligue 1 side.Lyon also snubbed an offer of £32 million from Arsenal last week and are looking for a fee closer to £55m.ADVERTISEMENTAccording to L’Equipe, Aouar is keen to leave Lyon before the end of the transfer window but the midfielder is ‘resigning himself’ to joining Arsenal.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe report claims that the 22-year-old had been holding out for a move to either Manchester City or Juventus, who are both in the Champions League this season. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more