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Report: 'Perfect' player has just rejected Arsenal; he'll join title-winning club instead

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According to a report from Gazzetta dello Sport, Ajax goalkeeper Andre Onana has turned down a move to Arsenal.

The Gunners were heavily linked with the Cameroonian in the summer. The fact that he had entered the final year of his contract made him available for a bargain fee, but Mikel Arteta and Edu decided to go with Aaron Ramsdale instead.

Most Arsenal fans were baffled by that decision, but it has proved to be the right one. Ramsdale has been sensational for the Gunners, but his brilliant form is forcing Bernd Leno out of the club.

The German is expected to leave in January and Onana was rumoured to be on the Gunners’ list to replace Leno. However, that doesn’t look like it’ll happen now.

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Andre Onana has said ‘no’ to Arsenal

The report from the Italian outlet claims that Arsenal did make a move to sign Onana, but the Ajax man had made up his mind already.

The Cameroonian has been heavily linked with a move to Inter Milan and he has been in contact with them. The Nerazzurri have reportedly convinced him and a deal is set to be announced in February.

Arsenal, who considered Onana as the ‘perfect’ goalkeeper (Fabrizio Romano), tried to sign him, but the report claims that the 25-year-old ‘just said no’ to a move to North London.

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Onana is a fantastic goalkeeper and he would’ve been a brilliant signing for Arsenal if they could get him. However, the Cameroonian is right to snub a move to the Emirates in favour of Inter Milan.

Ramsdale is the undisputed number one at Arsenal at the moment. The way he’s playing right now, there’s no way he can be dropped, which means that Onana will have to settle for a spot on the bench if he arrives.

That makes no sense for the Cameroonian, who is good enough to be the number one at most clubs in the world.

It will be interesting to see what Edu and Arteta decide in January. If Leno does leave, a new goalkeeper will be an absolute necessity, but there aren’t many good ones on the market who would agree to come in and sit on the bench more often than not.

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