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Samuel Umtiti REJECTED Arsenal move, choosing to stay with Barcelona 'despite the Nou Camp side being open to selling the centre-back and Mikel Arteta pushing for his signature' Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti turned down a January move to Arsenal Umtiti was stuck on the bench earlier this season and Barca were open to a sale Mikel Arteta pushed for a deal, hoping to replace injured Shkodran Mustafi 

By Toby Miles For Mailonline

Published: 00:00 GMT, 1 February 2020 | Updated: 14:46 GMT, 1 February 2020

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Samuel Umtiti turned down a January move to Arsenal, electing to stay and fight for his place at Barcelona despite the Catalans being willing to sell the centre-back. 

The Gunners were desperate to reinforce their defence during the window as shaky performances and injuries to Skhodran Mustafi and Calum Chambers continued to dent their top-four hopes. 

The Frenchman was spotted at the Emirates watching Arsenal's clash with during the La Liga winter break, leading to speculation he could be interested in a move to North London.  

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