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Arsenel target reveals he snubbed Gunners

Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa says he was not interested in joining Arsenal. Photo: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa says he was not interested in joining Arsenal. Photo: Neal Simpson/EMPICS Sport

Thursday, September 6, 2012
12:34 PM

Transfer news: Montpellier defender Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa claims he turned down an approach from Arsenal because he wanted to move to AC Milan.

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The versatile 23-year-old was linked with a move to the Gunners over the summer as they looked to strengthen their defence.

Yanga-Mbiwa has revelead he had no interest in a move to north London but says he could leave the French club in the future.

“The chairman told me I have an agreement to leave,” the Motpellier skipper told L’Equipe.

“AC Milan came for me. But the chairman refused the offer. So I understood it would be difficult.

“Arsenal came to make an attempt. But I was focused on something else.

“I was disappointed when I understood it could not be sorted out with Milan.”

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