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Arsenal set to give up on La Liga hitman

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Arsenal are reported to have decided against a formal approach for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa in the summer transfer window having deemed the striker unsuitable for their style of play.

According to Goal.com, the soon-to-be Spain international has been the subject of an extensive scouting brief by the Gunners, but the doubts of Steve Rowley and his team have extinguished the club’s interest in the player.

Costa is La Liga’s second most prolific scorer this season with 21 goals - just one behind Cristiano Ronaldo - and he has established himself among the continent’s top centre-forwards as Atletico sustain a title bid.

Arsenal have frequently been linked with a move for the 25-year-old as Arsene Wenger bids to reinforce a forward department of only Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner, but it would appear a move will not come to fruition.

Chelsea have also been linked with a move for Costa, who has a £32 million release clause written into his contract with Atletico.

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