Arsenal's Spanish midfielder target in transfer u-turn - reports

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Arsenal have been told to forget about signing Real Madrid star Esteban Granero according to talkSPORT.

The 24-year-old Spaniard has been frozen out of the first-team picture at the Bernabeu in recent months, but is said to have held talks with Los Blancos boss Jose Mourinho, who has reassured Granero he still has a future at Madrid.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was hoping to capitalise on Granero's apparent disillusionment in Spain, and bring him to the Emirates Stadium as he bids to strengthen his midfield ranks at Arsenal.

The summer sale of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri has left a huge void in the Gunners midfield, and despite the signing of Mikel Arteta and Yossi Benayoun [on loan], it is widely anticipated that Wenger will head back into the market in January.

After a woeful start to the 2011-12 campaign, Arsenal have found their form in recent weeks - with nine wins from their last eleven outings - and Wenger is determined to keep momentum with the addition of a number of new faces in north London at the turn of the year.

But it now looks as though they will have to turn their attention to alternative signings, as Granero's future will remain with the La Liga giants.

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