Wenger remains cryptic over the DraX Files


Arsene Wenger was in cheeky mood today when asked about the possibility of signing Schalke’s Julian Draxler.

Pressed on reports earlier this week that the club were trying to do a deal this January, and on suggestions the player himself had been spotted having a tour of Arsenal’s training ground, the boss said, “That’s like an unidentified flying object. Some see them everywhere!”

However, anyone expecting any kind of imminent announcement ought not to hold their breath as the boss said, “The transfer period lasts until the 31st of January. Are we close to sign anybody? At the moment I would say no.”

In fact, he went as far as to suggest that the January window should be done away with.

“I would sign for the January transfer window to be scrapped completely,” he said. “The January transfer market will not be busy, it is a low-key market this year. The financial resources this season explains why the league is so tight.

“We have a very even squad, quality wise. We are on a good run and that helps confidence. At the moment we are not close to signing anybody.”

Of course there’s still plenty of time for the manager to assess his options, but right now there’s a strange haunting tune playing an a glowing figure in the woods …

… who could it be?



    • Actually it’s Mr. Burns – I felt the need to post this ‘excellent’ comment purely because I can’t help but laugh at the similarities between our yellow friend and Le Prof himself 🙂 Oh how I love your devious sly ways you cunning old fox Wenger.

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    • Yes he’s “out there” but based on these comments I doubt he’ll be coming in here anytime soon.

      (especially since we just spent 45 million on Ozil and are resigning player after player!)

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    • Nothing beats this one “Everyone thinks they have the prettiest wife at home.”
      In response to Sir Alex Ferguson’s claim that he possessed the best team in the league despite Arsenal winning the title in 2002

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      • I like the recent one about Spurs always having had “great players, such as David Giinola… and Darren Anderton”. That’s pretty dry!

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      • I tried to watch the Tottenham match on television in my hotel yesterday, but I fell asleep.
        Arsene Wenger when asked about his opinion of English Football shortly after his appointment. Putting the potatoes in their place (next to the roast chicken)

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    • “I’ve been hearing that for sixteen years now” with that trademark wink 😉

      — On how spurs were going to overtake us with all their signings

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  1. I’m pretty sure that a signing will be made. I think there’s enough in the squad as it is to see us over the line, but you can’t underestimate the effect that a good signing would have on the rest of the squad.

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  2. If Drax is a UFO then Arsene and Mert are the Men in Black tasked with bringing the Drax back to the headquaters….otherwise known as London Colney.

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  3. I think I know who’s in the picture.

    Arsenal have secretly been pioneering a new intrinsic field therapy, to help perennially injured players rid themselves of the injury curse. Diaby was involved in a treatment room ‘incident’ and can now be seen wandering round London Colney, glowing like a radioactive candle.

    Am I right?

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  4. Bah! That’s the little boy inside a certain ex-player, after being pissed all over by the said player for giving him the wrong judgement, looking enviously and regretfully, hoping for a way back.

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  5. “Awww it’s Mr. Burns.. KILL IT!!” haha would love the evil Dr. Draxler to be a part of our German contingent

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  6. Wenger keeping his cards close to his chest(no change there then) no doubt he will wait til the very last moment as per usual. Still, very exciting times indeed. COYG

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  7. Nothing to do with Draxler but…..
    “Get outta here Milton!”
    “My names Milhouse”
    “Yeah & your dad has no house”

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  8. The French Revolution is over. We’re ushering in a new era that shall forever go down in Arsenal folklore as the Teutonic Takeover.

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  9. This is one transfer window where additions to the squad arnt an absolute necessary. If we end up signing anyone it would be a bonus. We have a competitive and settled squad after such a long time!!

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  10. this thread is crying out for a bit of Rambling Pete’s ramblings I’m sure this must remind him of something in his colourful past….
    over to you Pete

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  11. Don’t see Draxler happening.

    1) Too heavily priced in January
    2) We do not need another attacking midfield
    3) Will take time to convert him to a striker so no immediate impact
    4) Still relatively inexperienced thereby better to have him assessed longer till the summer
    5) There will be opportunity come the summer for a number of players. Why commit to Draxler now?

    Not happening.

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  12. It may not happen, but it’s got me F5-ing the internet every ten seconds rather than working. Stop the transfer window!

    I have a feeling Draxler is coming though, there’s too much smoke for there not to be a fire, and Schalke don’t seemed to be owned by an insecure cigar-smoking prick so we may be able to do business with them.

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  13. That’s ozil from parallel universe where its always dark so their body has to glow in order for other people to find them.

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  14. It is fascinating that Monsieur Wenger of the last 15 years is morphing into Herr Wenger as we watch. Is this just a natural phenomenon for one brought up in the Alsace or more indicative of the current and evolving state of the two countries? Or is it about the Football? Whichever, I am just pleased we have a flexible pragmatist as our leader.

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