It's official, Nuri Sahin will not be playing for Arsenal this season.
That's according to multiple sources, including The Telegraph, who are all reporting that the Turkey and Real Madrid midfielder has in fact joined Liverpool on a season-long loan.
It had all looked so promising for the Gunners, who seemed to have done enough to convince the brilliant young starlet to move to the Emirates this summer.
The real problem came in regards to the type of transfer that was being proposed by his mother club, Real.
The Galacticos were not too keen to permanently offload someone that they see as having a lot of potential, and as such would only agree to let Sahin join a club on loan for the coming year.
Arsene Wenger however was not happy with this arrangement, wanting to take Nuri on full-time.
Unfortunately when you're stubborn and proud like that it will eventually cost you.
The new Liverpool boss, Brendan Rogers, had no such qualms, and with a deal now being finalised Sahin will be wearing the red of Pool for the coming campaign.
It's a serious blow for Arsenal who would have done well to take the young man on, even if it was just for the season, before finding someone to replace him next summer.
Arsenal fans can now turn their attention to the possible signing of either Yann M'vila from Rennes, or the less likely acquisition of Jesus Navas from Spanish side Sevilla.
The Gunners are away to Stoke today, a tricky game at the best of times.
They will want to put both the opening day draw and this transfer disappointment out of their minds before kick off and focus on the task at hand.
Stoke aren't quite the unmoveable force at home they once were, and with Cazorla, Podolski and Giroud now joining the ranks, today's match should be a straight forward victory. A victory that hopefully from an Arsenal point of view, sends the Gunners back on the right path.
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