Nigerian centre back, Godfrey Oboabona, has dismissed rumours that he turned down a trial for Arsenal, and that he criticised Arsenal manager Arséne Wenger.
“I have had so many text messages, phone calls about it – the rumour that I was invited on trial was not true – I only read about it like everyone else”, he told the BBC.
“I’ve always said I will take my time, focus on my development as a player and continue to give my best in every game.
“At the appropriate time, when clubs must have seen me well enough, they will hopefully approach Sunshine Stars in Nigeria.
“My desire is to grow every day, sadly all the things written about Arsenal did not come from me.”
The Sunshine Stars star, who has 25 caps for his nation, has been linked to Arsenal this summer. It was reported earlier that he had said no to a trial with the Gunners, because he felt the club offering to take him on loan is insulting. Arsenal has been linked with several centre-backs this season, most notably Swansea captain Ashley Williams. They are reportedly looking for cover in the centre of their defense since they have club captain, Thomas Vermaelen out for 6 more weeks.
Meanwhile, Jack Wilshere has said that he would welcome Liverpool star Luis Suarez with open arms, and is confident that Arsenal will splash out the cash in the coming month to sign more players. Arsenal’s only signing yet is French Under 20 International, Yaya Sanogo, who signed on a Bosman from Auxerre, and has been likened to former Arsenal striker, Nicholas Anelka.