Arsenal Rumours Have Not Affected My Form, Insists West Brom Defender Jonas Olsson

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Swede will line up at the heart of the Baggies’ back four against the Gunners on Sunday. 

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Experienced West Bromwich Albion defender Jonas Olsson claims that he has not been affected at all this season by his near move to Premier League giants Arsenal during the summer, according to reports in the Sunday Mirror.

The Sweden international was closely monitored by the north London club throughout the close-season transfer window as Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger looked to bring a new centre back to the Emirates for this campaign.

However, in the end the move never took place and Olsson remained in the west Midlands instead, although ahead of the two clubs’ meeting at the Hawthorns in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon, the 30-year-old insists that his head was never turned by the Gunners and he is now fully concentrating on his career with the Baggies.

“I don’t want to comment further on rumours. In the window there is always a link to this and that. Sometimes it is true, sometimes you don’t hear any more, sometimes it is close, sometimes it is not,” said Olsson.

“Either way it is gone – I signed a contract last autumn and I would not have agreed a ­four-year deal if I was not happy. I focus on where I am and my obligation to do my very best.”

Olsson, who agreed a new four-year deal with Steve Clarke’s side last October to now keep him at the club until June 30 2016, has been with West Brom since August 2008, when the central defender arrived from Eredivisie outfit NEC Nijmegen for an initial fee of £800,000.

And in the intervening period going into this current campaign, the Swede has appeared in 157 Premier League matches for the Baggies, scoring nine goals in total in the process.

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