Arsene Wenger has admitted that the chances of Arsenal making a signing in the January window are very slim.
Speaking to the press today ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup clash against Coventry, the Arsenal manager said, “At the moment, we are not close to signing anybody. If something exceptional turns up of course we will do it, but it is highly unlikely.”
Whether that’s brutal honesty from the manager, or him playing his cards close to his chest is up to you to decide, but seasoned Wenger watchers will probably suggest it’s the former.
The exceptional deal Arsenal do want to do is Julian Draxler, but Schalke are unwilling to sell this month with an official stating, “It is nonsense to suggest we might consider selling him this winter. It will not happen.”
There have been suggestions that club officials met with the agent of Mirko Vucinic this week, but the sticking point there remains Juventus being unwilling to loan the player, and Arsenal prefer a short loan deal for the Montenegrin hitman.
A lot can change in the 8 days that remain of the transfer window, however, but for now, what we have we hold.