Nikola Zigic has turned down five offers since Arsenal deal collapsed

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Former Arsenal target Nikola Zigic has set his sights on staying in England after turning down at least five different offers from clubs in Turkey, Switzerland, France, Greece and Scotland, according to the striker's agent Milan Calasan.

The 33-year-old free agent has been without a club since leaving Birmingham City at the end of his contract this summer, and was linked with a shock move to north London in the final days of the transfer window.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger allegedly approached Zigic's representative to sound out his possible interest in heading to the Emirates on a short-term deal, as a replacement for the injured Olivier Giroud.

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The France international suffered an ankle injury during Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Everton at Goodison Park a fortnight ago, and will subsequently be unavailable for selection until Christmas at the earliest.

Giroud's setback left Wenger short on central striker options, prompting him to complete a £16 million deadline day deal for Danny Welbeck. The England international's arrival from Manchester United ended any chance of Zigic's prospective Arsenal switch, and the former Championship star is yet to reach agreement with any other suitor.

Milan Calasan quotes:

"After the failure of Arsenal we have seen that Nikola did not accept offers from Turkey and Switzerland," Calasan told Serbian media this week. "Just as subsequently [he] declined clubs from France, Greece and Scotland.

"Zigic is interested in England, he wants to continue living in the country and I understand it as he is settled.

"Nikola can go to America, and whether he will go, [we] will see in time."

Who is telling the truth?

When questioned about his reported interest in signing Zigic on a short-term deal, Wenger denied any knowledge, but the Serbian spoke out a few days after the transfer deadline to confirm that a late window move was on the cards until Arsenal opted to sign Welbeck.

If the player's statement is to be believed then Gunners fans will surely reflect much more positively on the Welbeck deal, with the capture of a young England international a significantly better acquisition than the lower league reject.

However, Zigic's failure to sign for another club so far, and the intimation from his agent that the player wants to remain in England could suggest that he is still holding out hope of a move to Arsenal in the future.

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