Demba Ba has squashed any rumours linking himself with a January move to the Gunners, claiming the north London side have not made any approaches over his services.
The Senegal international came close to joining Arsenal in the summer transfer window, however Jose Mourinho blocked any such move so as to not strengthen his rivals.
The Chelsea striker has spent most of this season on the bench, just managing three starts, however he has often been used as an impact substitute with three goals and one assist to his name.
Arsene Wenger’s side require more firepower up front, and the media have speculated Ba could be a viable option this January as he seeks regular game time.
The 28-year-old has stressed he is happy at Chelsea however, and has revealed there have been no enquires from the Gunners yet.
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Ba is quoted as saying in The Sun on Sunday:
People talk a lot about me joining Arsenal. But there has never been an approach from them.
There is nothing going on in this regard. Things are OK for me at the moment.
It’s working, as the situation is turning around for me here bit by bit. I am getting more time on the pitch as a result of the injuries to our strikers Samuel Eto’o and Fernando Torres.
You just need a bit of time to adapt when you change clubs. I’ve been in a process of adaptation while moving between West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea.
But as soon as I’m given the chance to prove myself, I take it so the fact that I’ve often been on the substitute’s bench is nothing serious.
Arsenal are in need of an adapted, Premier League-grade striker and Demba Ba seemed to tick all of the boxes for the Gunners. He’s a capable goalscorer and a powerful centre forward, a loan deal could have worked well after Wenger missed out on his primary striking targets in the summer.
The move would not make sense for Ba now however, unless Chelsea bought another forward in January. And even then it remains unlikely Mourhino would hand Arsenal a striker during the title run-in.
This winter window will be tough to find any reinforcements, especially up front. The likes of Karim Benzema, Diego Costa, and youngsters Alvaro Morata and Antonio Sanabria have been mooted as potential January targets, but the former two are the calibre of forwards we need but will be difficult to prize away from title contending teams.
But never say never, there may well be another transfer merry-go-round that could aid the Gunners in their pursuit of a top class centre forward just like with the Mesut Ozil situation in the summer.