Wenger rules out Ba move, provides transfer update


With January approaching and the transfer window about to open, the media and Internet frenzy regarding Arsenal transfers is beginning to heat up.

After a problematic season, there’s a real expecation (and some amount of hope), that Arsene Wenger will boost the squad to give it a good chance to finish in the top four, at least, and do something in one of the cup competitions.

As ever, he was in typically guarded form at his press conference this morning, and when asked if he could provide any update on potential targets, in particular Barcelona striker, David Villa, he said, “Any interest we have in any player has to be kept secret so I cannot come out with any names.”

He was then pressed about interest in Newcastle striker Demba Ba. “I like Demba Ba, yes,” he said, “but it is not right to speak about him because he plays against us tomorrow. If you ask ‘do we sign him?’ I say no.”

And of course there are the inevitable links with Thierry Henry. A few weeks ago it looked like it was going to happen, now the whispers are that his return last season will be his final Arsenal swansong. Arseblog News thinks this is probably for the best, but never one to close any door completely, Wenger said, ” I have not lost interest in him, he is still coming today to practise with us. I have not ruled out a move completely.”

Of course this is really just the start of it, the next month is going to speculation central, but we’ll do our best here to filter some wheat from the chaff.

Updates via @arsenal and @johncrossmirror

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