Franck Ribery has struck a blow to Arsenal and other suitors by stating his intention to stay with Bayern Munich for the remainder of his career.
According to talkSPORT, Arsenal have been linked with a transfer swoop for Ribery but the Gunners now look set to miss out on the France international, who is ready to begin talks with Bayern Munich regarding a new contract.
"I am bound to Bayern until June 2015," Ribery said, as reported by talkSPORT. "I see myself extending my contract again, but first I will talk to [Bayern president] Uli Hoeness.
"In any case, I have not changed my mind, I see myself finishing my career at Bayern Munich."
A deal for Ribery would have certainly been quite a coup for Arsenal but, given Arsene Wenger's reputation for frugal spending, it was surely a transfer never likely to happen.
Wenger, meanwhile, is reportedly set to move for another Frenchman during the January transfer window, with Arsenal legend Thierry Henry set to return to the Emirates Stadium on a short-term loan.
Henry is available following the end of the MLS season and is seemingly set to re-join Arsenal next month in a similar deal that saw him come back to north London last January.
The 35-year-old scored twice in his seven loan appearances for Arsenal, and his total goals tally with the Gunners stands at 228 - a club record.
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