Arsenal move ruled out by Fernando Llorente

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Fernando Llorente effectively ruled out a January move to Arsenal, saying he is slowly adapting to life in Turin.

The Spanish striker has been linked with swift exit from Serie A side Juventus having just signed for the club in the summer.

After spending the vast majority of his career at Athletic Bilbao, Llorente was thought to be struggling to adapt to life in Italy and was keen to leave as soon as possible.

Arsenal, who are on the market for a new striker, have been linked with a January loan move and reports this week even suggested that Arsene Wenger failed with a £20m bid for the 28-year-old.

However, Llorente says his will not be moving to the Emirates, saying Juventus want him to stay and that he is slowly but surely adapting to life at the club.

"I’ve not been asked to leave,” the 28-year-old forward told Radiogaceta de los Deportes. "What is being written in the papers is false. I have the complete faith of everyone at Juventus.

"It was not easy for me to adapt to the movements and plays of the team, but I’m slowly managing to do what the boss [Antonio Conte] wants.

"Once I have completely settled, then everything will go well."

The news will come as a significant blow to Wenger, who is keen to bolster his options in attack.

So far Olivier Giroud has started 16 games for the Gunners - more than any other outfield player - and is being heavily relied upon to spearhead the attack.

Llorente could have been the perfect addition but on the back of these quotes, Wenger may need to move on to another target.

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