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Samuel Umtiti shuts down Arsenal transfer talk after Alexandre Lacazette message; The Gunners were linked with Umtiti during the summer and the Barca star is good friends with Lacazette.

Byline: Darren Wells

Samuel Umtitihas dampened any hopesArsenalhad of signing the French defender after shutting down suggestions of a transfer.

TheBarcelonastar was involved in a light-heartedTwitterexchange with Gunners forward Alexandre Lacazette on Sunday, who teased he was "waiting" for Umtiti's arrival.

Arsenal have been linked with the 25-year-old for some time, but it is clear that he feels his immediate future does not belong in north London.

He laughed in response toLacazette'svideo message, according tothe Sun, which follows a recent interview Umtiti did with Canal where he showed his commitment to Barca.

"I had a goal since I was a kid," Umtiti said. "It was Barcelona. I came here to last and win titles."

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Umtiti is not first choice at the Nou Camp though, having found himself on the bench for all three of his club's opening fixtures this season.

The centre-back holidayed in Miami with Lacazette earlier this summer as rumours of a switch to Arsenal lingered.

Arsenal are short of world-class defenders, and boss Unai Emery could still make a move for Umtiti if he struggles to get regular game time in Spain.

Emery's crop of defensive options grew smaller during the summer despite the additions of David Luiz and Kieran Tierney.

Nacho Monreal, Laurent Koscielny, Stephan Lichtsteiner and Carl Jenkinson all departed, while Hector Bellerin remains injured.

And the Gunnerscould lose captain Granit Xhakanext month, with his wife due to give birth.

The midfielder wants to follow the lead of his Swiss teammate Haris Seferovic who recently took time out of the game for the same reason.

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"There are more special things in life than football. For example, when you become a father," Xhaka said.

"With Haris it was agreed that he gives everything against Ireland and then travels home.

"And with me, it would probably fall on that time when we play."


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Umtiti has played down suggestions he is leaving Barcelona

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Lacazette teased he was "waiting" for Umtiti to move to Arsenal

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Sep 9, 2019
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