Report: Arsenal target set to snub Gunners

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Oguzhan Ozyakup has stated his intention to stay at Besiktas.

Tottenham Hotspur's Federico Fazio (L) and Besiktas' Oguzhan Ozyakup in actionTottenham Hotspur's Federico Fazio (L) and Besiktas' Oguzhan Ozyakup in action

According to Turkish newspaper Milliyet, reported Arsenal target Oguzhan Ozyakup has expressed his desire to stay at Besiktas, dealing a blow to the Gunners' pursuit of the midfielder.

The 23-year-old, who appeared for Turkey during Euro 2016, has reportedly been attracting the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United, AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund, and it was believed that the German side had lodged a bid to acquire his services, and held talks with the Turkish Super Lig champions over a potential transfer.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger before the matchArsenal manager Arsene Wenger before the match

The report from Milliyet provides an interesting turn in the story of Ozyakup's future, as he is thought to have indicated previously his desire to leave Besiktas, but it now appears the midfielder has performed a U-turn, and confirmed the news that he is staying put for the foreseeable future.

“The offers may come, but I don’t want to go. I want to stay at Besiktas for another year, and contribute to the Champions League.” he told Milliyet.

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The news will come as a blow to Arsenal, considering the club has already missed out on deals for Leicester City star Jamie Vardy and Argentine Gonzalo Higuain. 

Ozyakup, an attack-minded central midfielder with the ability to dictate play, is now a mainstay in the Besiktas squad. At international level, he has made over 100 appearances for the Turkish champions, scoring 19 goals in the process.

It is also worth noting that Ozyakup came up through Arsenal's youth academy, before being sold to Besiktas in 2012.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his assistant Steve Bould at the gameArsenal manager Arsene Wenger and his assistant Steve Bould at the game

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