Arsenal set to miss out on Zuniga

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Arsenal look to have missed out on the potential signing of Juan Camilo Zuniga, after the defender signed a new five-year deal with Serie A giants Napoli.

27-year-old Zuniga, who joined Rafael Benitez's men from domestic rivals Siena during the summer of 2009, was linked with a potential switch away from Stadio San Paolo during a frantic summer transfer window after impressing with a succession of positive performances.

Premier League leaders Arsenal, who marked the end of a period of frustrating frugality on deadline day with the impressive £42.5 million capture of German playmaker Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid, were persistently linked with a move for the Colombian.

Despite the apparent interest in the former Atlético Nacional star, however, the transfer window slammed shut with Zuniga still a key first-team player in Serie A.

Any lingering interest long-serving Gunners boss may hold in Zuniga now looks to have been permanently shelved with the news that the versatile full-back has signed a new contract.

That aforementioned news came via the Twitter account of Napoli chairman Aurelio de Laurentiis, who announced: "I'm glad to be able to announce that Zuniga will stay with us another 5 years."

The tweet was accompanied by a picture of Zuniga, who has won 51 senior international caps for his country, signing the deal with a pen in hand.

According to talkSPORT, Zuniga's new deal is rumoured to include a release clause of a staggering £30 million that has presumably been inserted in order to ward off interest from potential suitors in the future.

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