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Alexander Isak responds to Arsenal speculation as he addresses chances of summer move

Alexander Isak has refused to rule out a summer exit from Real Sociedad amid links with Arsenal.

The Swedish forward has performed impressively in LaLiga over recent seasons and attracted plenty of attention.

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The Gunners were in the market for a new striker throughout the January transfer market.

They looked to Isak when their hopes of signing Dusan Vlahovic fell through once Juventus won the race for his signature.

The Sociedad star found himself in London as deadline day approached which fuelled speculation of a move to the Emirates.

Isak, who has scored eight times this term and notched double figures in each of the previous two seasons, refused to address the rumour mill when questioned.

He told Mundo Deportivo: “I am not talking about other clubs.

“I am a Real player, I work here and this is my club. My work is on the pitch, and as I told you before, there are other people who work outside.”

Arsenal, despite their rebuild phase, would be an attractive proposition for Isak.

With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaving on a free for Barcelona on deadline day the Gunners are light in attack.

Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah are both out of contract in the summer which leads to suggestions Arsenal could renew their interest in Isak in a matter of months.

Sociedad were unwilling to entertain offers that were lower than the Swede’s €90m (£75m) release clause last month.

Despite that Isak refused to commit his future to the Spanish side beyond the current campaign.

The player claimed: “You can never be sure of anything.

“As I always say, you never know what can happen in football but in the end I’m here, happy, and nothing more.”

Arsenal’s decision to leave themselves to light in attack has copped criticism.

They are one of several teams pushing for the top four and the riches of the Champions League.

Failing to bring in any marquee names came despite Mikel Arteta speaking positively about the club’s stature when it came to bringing in big names.

He said recently: “If it’s the right player, we can afford and we can do want we want to do, we will discuss it and come to the best possible decision. We are open.

“I think with the amount of things and the way we want to evolve the squad, we have to maximise every window in many different ways.

“We are alert. (Technical director) Edu and his team are working very hard because we know exactly what we need to do.”

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