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Transfer Rater: Bellerin to Barcelona

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Wenger plays down prospect of signings

Arsene Wenger has confirmed he would like to add another striker to his squad but warned Arsenal fans that there are no deals on the horizon.

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Arsene Wenger is not a fan of the January transfer window

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The Gunners have been linked with a number of players in January as they seek to climb back into the Premier League's top four, with persistent speculation over David Villa despite Barcelona having insisted on numerous occasions that the Spain striker will be staying put.

Wenger said prior to his side’s FA Cup victory over Brighton that there was “nothing concrete” with regards to the club’s interest in Villa. Speaking after the match, Wenger also said he had not made an enquiry for Fiorentina’s Steven Jovetic, but he confirmed he would welcome the addition of a top-class forward before the month is out.

Asked if he felt the club needed a new striker before the window closes, he replied: “Quality-wise, no; number-wise, we could be a bit short maybe. Gervinho is not here at the moment. We have Walcott, who can play through the middle, and then of course Giroud.

“It will not be easy, though, because you do not find them in the street, the strikers that can play for us and strengthen our team. It’s difficult in January.”

Arsenal are also believed to be monitoring potential midfield arrivals, but Wenger said there was no certainty that signings will be made.

“I cannot promise we will sign anybody today, tomorrow, Tuesday or on Wednesday because at the moment we are not close to anything,” Wenger said. “It is not about optimism. How realistic I am is most important.”

Arsenal are currently four points behind fourth-placed Tottenham in the Premier League.


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