Former Arsenal transfer target Joachim Andersen reveals lure of Champions League football played a part in Lyon move

Former Arsenal target Joachim Andersen has revealed the lure of Champions League football was too hard to turn down when joining Lyon.

The Gunners had been linked with a £50million double swoop for Sampdoria pair Anderson and Dennis Praet earlier this summer.

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Joachim Andersen has kept two clean sheets in his first three games for Lyon
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However, the Danish defender moved to Lyon for £27million, while Praet joined Leicester in an £18million deal.

When asked why he opted for the Ligue 1 club, Anderson told French outlet Foot Mercato: “There were good clubs, but Lyon were the best choice for me.

“I wanted to develop as a player, play the Champions League, be in a top team that fights for the title and Lyon was the best solution.”

Following Anderson’s move to Lyon, Arsenal completed the £27million signing of highly-rated defender William Saliba from Saint-Etienne.

But an agreement in the deal saw the 18-year-old immediately loaned back to the French side for the 2019/20 campaign.

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Arsenal boss Unai Emery addressed last season’s defensive frailties by bringing in Kieran Tierney and David Luiz from Celtic and Chelsea, respectively.

Error-prone defender Shkodran Mustafi, who has failed to make a matchday squad this season, has been told by Emery he can leave.

The transfer window closes for European clubs on Monday.

Emery said: “I spoke with him when we finished last season.

“I spoke with him when we started pre-season and I spoke with him also two weeks ago saying maybe there was the possibility he can leave.

“But I don’t have doubts if he needs to play because he is a good player. Maybe we decided to be more competitive in each position, at centre-back with David Luiz, with another player in the middle with (Dani) Ceballos, with Kieran Tierney, with (Nicolas) Pepe.

“I think being more competitive we can respond better in the season. Some players maybe they can play less with that situation and can leave.

“But it’s one decision taken with the player, with the club, with the team. At the moment he is here and really if we need, he plays with us. I have confidence he will do well.”

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