Arsenal target Javi Martinez has snubbed the possibility of him leaving his current side Athletic Bilbao, and despite receiving intense interest from top clubs around Europe, he’s due to stay in Spain.
Martinez has been wanted by United, Arsenal and Barcelona, with the last two thought to be the ones which will eventually fight against each other for his signature.
Arsenal are in great need of midfield reinforcements, and if the deal for first choice signing Yann M’Vila will go through, Arsene Wenger is sure to direct his attention back to Martinez.
“The fact that Bielsa is staying is great news for the club. I think he wants to continue on the work he has done so far and give continuity to the group.”, said Martinez
“There’s a lot of talk about potential transfers but both [Fernando] Llorente and I have contracts.”
“I’m not thinking about leaving. I’m an Athletic player, if you ask me what I think about being a target for Barcelona then I will say that’s just a sign that I’m doing well. But I’m at home at Athletic and I have a contract.”
Arsene Wenger’s interest in Martinez will be tough to materialize given Barcelona’s interest. If rumours are to be correct, The Gunners are also likely to make a move for Argentine defensive midfielder Lucas Biglia, so Wenger still has a few choices to make.