Initially, Nabil Fekir has been strongly linked with a £45million summer move to Barcelona, although the Gunners have also shown a strong interest in The 24-year-old attacking midfielder over the last period.
However, a report in Sport claims that after monitoring Fekir, the La Liga leaders have now decided that he is not suitable for Catalan club, especially after the arrival of a similar player in Philippe Coutinho.
According to Don Balon, Messi also played a significant role in Frenchman’s negotiation as he can’t see a place for him in the Barcelona side.
That snub could now open the door for Arsene Wenger to make a concerte attempt to get The Frenchman, who has scored 21 goals in 33 appearances in all competitions this campaign for the Ligue 1 outfit. However, it hasn’t been enough to impress Leonel Messi.
It will be quite interesting to see if the Gunners follow up their initial interest, particularly after they landed Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Manchester United last month.
Arsenal could’ve found the use of French winger as they lost both Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott in January, with Alex Iwobi badly struggling of late.