Samuel Umtiti REJECTED Arsenal moves, opting to stay with Barcelona & # 39; despite the fact that the Nou Camp side is open to the sale of the center and Mikel Arteta looking for his signature & # 39;
- Barcelona center-back Samuel Umtiti refused a January move to Arsenal
- Umtiti sat on the couch earlier this season and Barca was open for a sale
- ] Mikel Arteta insisted on a deal hoping to injure injured Shkodran Mustafi
The Gunners were desperate to strengthen their defenses during the window, while shaky executions and injuries to Skhodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers continued to dent their top four hopes.
The Frenchman was seen in the Emirates and watched the collision of Arsenal with Manchester United during the winter break in La Liga, which led to speculation that he might be interested in moving to North London ].
Umtiti was also behind the preferred center-back pairing of Clement Lenglet and Gerard Pique in the pecking order of Barca , only in five league games before the new year.
Despite these factors, the World Cup winner rejected the Gunners approach, even with Barca who was open to a sale at the right price, according to Le Parisien.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insisted on the signature of the centerback, but missed a sensational addition.
Umtiti has since returned n to the starting line-up in Spain and Barca & # 39; s last two competitions started under new boss Quique Setien.
Arsenal managed to strengthen itself in January and bring in Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares to help them fight back in the top four race.