Arsenal target rejects 'cowardly' January exit talk

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Marseille defender Nicolas N'Koulou has insisted that there is absolutely no chance of him pursuing a move to either Arsenal or Bayern Munich in January, vowing to stay and fight to help the Ligue 1 side repair a poor start to the season.

N'Koulou has been liked with helping to boost Arsenal's fight for silverware this season, providing a versatile option across the back four with a price tag rumoured to be around the€20m mark.

The 23-year-old was unable to stop Marseille losing all six of their Champions League matches this season, including successive defeats to Arsenal, which alongside patchy league form contributed to the sacking of Elie Baup two weeks ago.

Despite strong rumours of interest from the Gunners and defending European champions Bayern the Cameroon international believes he owes Marseille loyalty, declaring this his performances so far this season have been well below par.

He told France Football: "Leaving in the winter? I am no coward.

"I am not happy with what I have showed recently, so in such circumstances I won't leave.

"I owe a lot to l'OM who made me make a name for myself. It is very important for me to find again my best level first."

Former club Monaco and Napoli have also been mentioned in connection with the tough-tackling defender, with his future largely dependent on who Marseille choose as Baup's permanent successor.

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