Arsenal dealt managerial blow in wing wizard pursuit

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Arsenal have been dealt a potentially decisive blow in their pursuit of Spanish winger Juan Mata.

The Valencia star has been heavily linked with a move to England this summer, with north London rivals Arsenal and Spurs battling for the player's signature.

Reports at the start of the week claimed Gunners chief Arsene Wenger had made a bid to bring the 23-year-old to the Emirates, and Harry Redknapp also confirmed his interest in the player over the weekend to The Guardian online.

However, Los Che boss Unai Emery is now confident Mata will stay at the Mestalla stadium for the coming season.

"Mata has gone through a process of doubts about his future," said Emery in the wake of Mata skippering the Spanish side to a 2-1 pre-season victory over Hamburg.

"But now we all believe he will stay at Valencia."


The news will come as a hammer blow to the Arsenal boss, who has been courting Mata as a potential replacement for Cesc Fabregas.

The Arsenal skipper has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona throughout the summer, and whilst the Gunners have so far held firm, it's thought that the La Liga and European champions will be coming back with another bid for the player.

Samir Nasri has also been linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer, but with the door now seemingly closed on Mata, Wenger will need to put even more emphasis on keeping the French international at Arsenal for the coming campaign.

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