Arsenal have cooled their interest in Real Madrid midfielder Isco, according to Spanish media outlet AS.
The Gunners were believed to be keen on signing the 28-year-old on loan for the remainder of the season. They have reportedly decided against it due to the emergence of academy product Emile Smith-Rowe. The Englishman has started the North London side’s last three games in the Premier League and helped them pick up maximum points. He has added a creative spark that has been missing from the side so far this season.
It is understood that Arteta is a big fan of Isco but believes it is in the club’s best interest to provide Smith-Rowe with the platform to showcase his talents and cement his place in the first team. Isco plays in a similar position to the 20-year-old and even has similar physical attributes.
Isco is keen on getting regular game time ahead of the European Championship in the summer and this is unlikely to happen at Real Madrid. Now that it looks like Arsenal have pulled out of the race to sign him, Sevilla are the likeliest destination for the Spanish midfielder. So far this season, the Real Madrid man has provided one assist in 11 appearances across all competitions.