Arsenal have been urged to table a bid for French playmaker Nabil Fekir by former Lyon boss Bruno Genesio.
Fekir played under Genesio at the Groupama Stadium for four years until the 52-year-old’s departure from the club this summer.
Genesio has made it clear he feels the 25-year-old was becoming ‘frustrated’ and needs a new challenge after coming through the ranks at Lyon – with Arsenal keen on him if they can sell Mesut Ozil.
Lyon captain Nabil Fekir could be on his way to the Premier League with Arsenal this summer
NABIL FEKIR 2018/19
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Genesio told French radio station RMC: ‘I think that he [Fekir] was very frustrated with his cancelled transfer to Liverpool at the beginning of the season.
‘He made the World Cup, he had some injuries. He certainly did not feel strong enough to take on the role of leader, which he had done the previous season, relaying technical information on the pitch.
‘Nabil is coming to the end of a cycle in Lyon. He has experienced a lot of things here.
‘I think that he needs a new challenge, to push his limits, and to be self-critical. Because we know, we always need a personal challenge in a career, and to ask questions of ourselves.’
Former Lyon boss Bruno Genesio believes Fekir is in need of a new challenge on the pitch
Fekir was set to move to Liverpool before last summer’s World Cup before a £53million switch collapsed late on over medical concerns.
He has scored 69 goals in 192 games for Lyon since his debut in 2013, and was part of France’s victorious World Cup squad in 2018.