Report – Real Sociedad midfielder rejects a move to Arsenal

Arsenal continues to bolster their squad and more players are expected to join Mikel Arteta’s side before this transfer window closes.

According to reports, several players are on the Gunner’s wishlist, but one man has turned them down.

Cadena Ser reports that the Gunners have an interest in Martin Zubimendi of Real Sociedad, but the midfielder has rejected an approach from them as he hopes to keep playing for his present employers.

Arsenal is one of the most attractive clubs in the world to join, yet the 23-year-old reportedly has no interest in a move to London for now.

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Zubimendi would have considered the competition for a spot at the Emirates and knows he will struggle to play if he moves to Arsenal now.

Players his age want to play often and Arsenal will struggle to guarantee the Spaniard game time if he takes the step up now.

Also, it is mid-season and Zubimendi probably wants to finish the season with his present employers before agreeing to leave for Arsenal.

We could return to add him to our squad in the summer or persuade him to join now and spend the rest of the term on loan with his present employers.

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  1. I don’t know him. But the fact that we were willing to pay his release clause of over £50m means he’s probably good. Now that our interest in the player is public knowledge, I can bet that he’s going to Chelsea cos Boehly must have read the news today

  2. I know this kid, big upgrade on Lonkango, Odegaard knows him well too, they were almost unplayable at Real Sociedad where Odegaard scored seven goals and nine assists if my figures are correct, they had a very good chemistry to the point Real Madrid abruptly end Ode loan spell at the club.

    Real Sociedad was the club that wanted to buy Odegaard, to paired up back in their midfield, But Madrid rather to sell the kid outside of Spain.

    But I sincerely think its game time and his development the kid is concern about than anything else.

    Think the gaffer should talk to this kid in person as there is an already existing relationship that he could exploit

  3. Actually he refused Arsenal because he’s got his mind set on Barcelona.
    There’s sort of an “unofficial promise” that he would be Sergio busquet’s long term replacement.

    The lad is actually good.

  4. Actually, he refused arsenal because he’s had his mind set on Barcelona for quite a while now.
    Word is he’s destined to be sergio Busquet’s long term replacement.

    Apparently, arsenal went in with the full 60million on his clause.

    The lad is quite a baller by the way.

  5. Go for his teammate Mikel Merino, can play both DM/CM. It is clear Arteta does not trust Lokonga enough to bring him on in Prem games to replace Partey or Xhaka and that is not sustainable, at some point in the season fatigue and injuries will come into play so we must buy a midfielder and I believe we will.

  6. While he is a very talented player, he is not really a conventional ,physically strong DM but more of a playmaker in central midfield rather like Guimares of Newcastle.A player who can step in for Partey and also compete with Xhaka is what we need imo and the best example of such an operator in the Premier League is Rice of West Ham.He has the strength and versatility to be the icing on the cake as far as our midfield options are concerned.

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