Arsenal have been told that January transfer target Emi Buendia will not be leaving Norwich City during the current transfer window.
Argentinian midfielder Buendia has been in fine form this season as the Canaries bid to bounce straight back to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Mikel Arteta is understood to be a big admirer of the 24-year-old with his creativity a particularly coveted trait as the Gunners continue to struggle for fluency in the final third.
Preliminary discussions were held between the club and Buendia’s representatives but boss Daniel Farke has appeared to pour cold water on any chances of a deal before the window closes.
"Nothing will happen with Emi Buendia this month," Farke told a press conference before Wednesday's home Sky Bet Championship game against Bristol City.
"In this business you can't confirm something with 100 per cent guarantee, but I'd label it 99 per cent.
"If I judge it in an objective way, it makes no sense for any of my players to leave at this moment and it makes no sense for the club to sell our players in January."
Norwich, who have completed the signing of Greece defender Dimitris Giannoulis from PAOK, are top of the table after winning seven of their last nine league games.
Additional reporting by PA