Patrick Vieira has snubbed a return to Arsenal by deciding to stay at Inter Milan, according to reports.
The former Gunners captain was thought to be keen on a move in order to try and secure regular first team football in a bid to claim a World Cup place next year.
Arsene Wenger had said he would explore the possibility of resigning the player he first bought in 1996 from AC Milan.
But it seems the 33-year-old has now opted to stay and fight for his place in Jose Mourinho's side.
Vieira spent nine years with the Gunners and was captain of the invincibles side which went unbeaten in season 2003/4.
He won the FA Cup for Arsenal the following season with the decisive spot kick in a penalty shoot out with Manchester United. It proved to be his last involvement and the last time the club won a trophy.