The 20-year-old, one of Arsene Wenger´s best signings when he arrived for nothing from Barcelona four years ago, was flattered by Real´s interest, and told The Sun: "I´m very grateful to Real and it is an honour that such a great club is interested in me.
"But after the departure of Thierry Henry to Barcelona I couldn´t leave Arsenal in the lurch. I spoke to Real´s president Ramon Calderon and sport director Predrag Mijatovic and they are spectacular people."
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