Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez is ready to snub a move to the Emirates in January.
According to the Express, the Colombian playmaker has decided that he would rather stay in Spain and fight for his place.
Napoli and Arsenal have both been linked with the player, but it is claimed he has reservations about moving halfway through the campaign – despite starting just four La Liga games this season.
This may not be terrible news for Arsenal after all. Rodriguez is an immensely talented player, but one who has failed to deliver in recent years.
During his loan spell at Bayern Munich, he enjoyed moments of brilliance but often struggled to find the consistency needed to convince them into signing him permanently.
He has been watching on from the sidelines for a while now at Real Madrid and it’s telling that youngsters likes Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo are ahead of him in the pecking order.
One goal and one assist in seven league appearances this season is not the kind of form that will have teams clamouring to sign you in the new year.
When you consider that the fact that Arsenal already have the likes of Mesut Ozil and Dani Ceballos, there’s no clear spot for him in the starting line up.