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Griezmann rules out Gunners switch

Antoine Griezmann.(Getty Images)
Antoine Griezmann.(Getty Images)

Cape Town - Antoine Griezmann says he won't consider a switch to Arsenal after being snubbed by the Premier League side in 2013.

The talented 26-year-old Atletico Madrid attacker is rumoured to be angling for a move to Barcelona, although a drop in form this season may be a deterrent for the Primera Division leaders.

Griezmann's £87m release clause could also put off other potential suitors, that include Manchester United.

Rumours of a move away from Atletico have been circling for a number of seasons, with the former Real Sociedad man insisting he won't join the Gunners after being kept him waiting by the club four years ago.

In his autobiography, Griezmann revealed: "I waited, I waited, and I kept waiting… when there was no news, Eric (agent Eric Olhats) called Grimandi (scout Gilles Grimandi), who said that the manager was still interested in me [and] to keep waiting.

"Finally a few hours before the market closed, he let us know Arsenal would not make a move. I don't like to be told something and for it not to happen.

"So when Eric told me later that the London club were interested again I told him: 'Forget it, after the blow they gave us'."

As Wenger snapped up Mesut Ozil, Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini instead, Griezmann joined Atletico from Sociedad in a £24m deal in 2014.

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