Arsenal target Nicolas N’Koulou has ruled out a January move to London by claiming that he is prepared to stay a Marseille to help them turn their form around.

The 23-year-old defender has ben on Arsene Wenger’s radar for some time, after emerging as one of Ligue 1’s top talents over the course of the past few years.

Despite having three experienced centre-backs at their disposal, the Gunners have been heavily linked with a winter move for the Cameroonian in recent weeks, with speculation also suggesting that Bayern Munich are preparing their own swoop.

Marseille’s poor form – they lost all six Champions League group games this term – has further prompted talk that the enforcer could move on, especially with manager Elie Baup having been sacked recently as well.

However, N’Koulou says that he wants to stay at the Stade Velodrome to help his side turn around their fortunes, rather than flee for a new club:

“I am not a coward, I am not happy with what I have shown today. I could not leave like this,” he is quoted by The Metro.

“I owe a lot to this club which have trusted in me. It is important for me to get back on track and put the record straight before considering a departure.

“I owe a lot to l’OM who made me make a name for myself. It is very important for me to find again my best level first.”

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