ARSENAL have been dealt a major transfer blow after Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo revealed Ousmane Dembele is "totally committed" to the Nou Camp giants.
Both the Gunners and Liverpool had been hoping to bring the former Borussia Dortmund star, 21, to England in January.
AFP3 Ousmane Dembele is 'totally committed' to Barcelona, says Nelson Semedo
But Barca defender Semedo has claimed Dembele is will be going nowhere despite being somewhat out of favour at the La Liga leaders.
Semedo told ESPN: "He is an excellent player, with a lot of potential and will help us a lot.
"He is totally committed to the team. Now he is more responsible and is showing it in the field.
"It must continue like this, and I am convinced that it will."
AFP3 Semedo, left, says Dembele, right, is the future of Barcelona
Dembele joined Barcelona in 2017 for a whopping £138million as a replacement for Neymar – who joined Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record £198m.
However, the Frenchman has been unable to replicate his Bundesliga form in Spain and has been tipped to leave Barca in the coming months.
Dembele has also struggled with thigh and hamstring injuries – scoring just four times last season.
However, the winger has scored seven times already this term as he looks to make his mark on the Spanish giants.