Championship leaders Norwich City have insisted that highly-rated winger Emi Buendia won’t be sold in January, amid interest from Arsenal.
The 24-year-old arrived at Carrow Road in 2018 from Spanish side Getafe and went on to play an integral role in the Canaries Championship title victory that season, the forward netting eight times as Daniel Farke’s attacking side ensured a well-earned return to the Premier League.
The following season saw Buendia continue to catch the eye in top-flight, despite his side suffering a swift return to the second tier after finishing bottom of the table.
The club’s relegation brought with it rumours of a potential move to a Premier League club for the Argentine, yet the player remained in Norfolk and has gone on to once again light up the Championship after netting seven times already this season, including netting a special strike in their most recent victory over Barnsley.
Emi Buendia’s game by numbers vs. Barnsley:
6 successful take-ons
3 chances created
3 tackles won
Special. 🇦🇷 pic.twitter.com/pZ7PwNCYr6
— Statman Dave (@StatmanDave) January 2, 2021
Such displays have once again stirred rumours of a move elsewhere, with Arsenal seemingly at the front of the queue as boss Mikel Arteta looks to reshape his squad at the Emirates.
Despite the links to the North London club, Farke insisted that the forward is set to remain with the club beyond the current transfer window, while also praising the quality of his star asset.
“Emi is a key player for us, an important member of the group, and he is totally committed to us,” Farke said.
“He is our player and will continue to be our player – he is on a long-term contract with the club so we keep him.
“Everyone knows his qualities – and I don’t expect interest just because he scored a wonder goal today. He has scored a number like this for us and people know what he can do.
“It was an excellent finish and that is what Emi can do. He instinctively knows when to make a run and then has the quality to finish like that.”