ARSENAL are unlikely to sign Southampton defender Ryan Bertrand this month, according to Gunners legend Martin Keown.
SunSport previously reported that the Gunners were interested in a move for the England full-back as cover for Scotland star Kieran Tierney.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand
Scottish international Tierney has been one of Arsenal’s best players this season having made that spot his own.
But Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta recently admitted he is in the market to add strength in depth in that position.
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The Spaniard has already allowed Tierney’s understudy Sead Kolasinac to leave on loan this month.
Southampton star Bertrand had been eyed as the man to bring in with his Saints deal expiring in the summer.
Arsenal were hopeful of agreeing a bargain fee for the ex-Chelsea ace with the Saints keen to avoid losing him for free at the end of the season.
However, Gunners icon Keown has claimed that Ralph Hasenhuttl will stop Bertrand upping sticks to join the north Londoners.
He told BT Sport: “He has that experience. This is a young team here [at Southampton], so I don’t think he is going anywhere.”
Bertrand himself recently hinted that he has held positive talks with Southampton about signing a new deal.
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He told BBC Sport “I want to stay at the club. I want to be part of this and to keep going and to keep developing. I want to see how far we can go. We can do some great things.”
“I love being here. I have grown on the field, off the field and I’ve learned a lot of things.
“We’re now at a stage where we were during my first three years here. There was a bit of turbulence but now we’ve got it back. The seatbelts are fully fastened now, let’s see how far we go.”