Wenger: we’re not close to making a signing


Arsene Wenger says a lot can change ‘in an hour’ as the transfer window counts down to its 11opm closure tomorrow night, but also that there are no deals close to completion right now.

Speaking to Arsenal Player the boss was quizzed about transfers, and said admitted the club were exploring options, “Are we active? Yes. But are we close to sign anybody? No.

“There’s not long now that’s true. First, the situation was going like always in a transfer market – week by week. In the last two weeks it goes day by day, now it goes hour by hour.

“In any hour anything can happen or change but at the moment, unfortunately, we are not signing anybody.”

I guess much depends on your definition of ‘close’. Talks could be ongoing with a number of targets, and we saw on deadline day last January how quickly things can happen with the signing of Nacho Monreal.

Let’s keep fingers crossed.


    • Arsene just trolled us with Ozil, though. After a whole morning of news reporting his imminent signing came hours of silence before a “we’re not close to signing anyone”.

      So Draxler will probably be officially announced on Feb 1st, after many an Arsenal fan has woken up feeling as pissed off as they did when they went to sleep.

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        • zippers malfunctioning on a coat included as well. I sincerely hope Arsene’s new Puma coat is made of zippers. When the game is going awry we can always just watch the sideline battle.. of fingers on metal teeth.

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  1. This is doing my head. Wake me up on the 1st please. It feels like when my older brother used to hold out one of my toys and pull it away as soon as I grab for it. For a whole month.

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  2. I like that the boss doesn’t give anything away. With the likes of Chelski and their prick of a manager, ready gazump deals we have in place.

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  3. Come on lads, this isn’t our first picnic. Its obvious but ignore all the shit in the papers and see how the land lies on Feb 1st.

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  4. Wenger simply means… “At the moment nothing is happening with our transfers” but he didn’t say “We aren’t signing anyone”. I have a really good feeling he’s talking about the Drax!

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  5. I assume 11opm is in reference to our new time piece acquisition and therefore our control over time itself. 11 omni post meridiem.

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  6. Wenger always says we’re not close. I never believe anything he says regarding transfers. He’s just trying to deflect the media attention away from the club

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  7. He looks very downbeat in the press conf. We may be signing “someone” but it wont neccesarily be that “special someone” and that make Wagner sad. Oooh!

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  8. Arsene isn’t an idiot. He can see the fixture list and our injury list.
    Let’s just hope we work our arses off to sign a couple if players.
    Let’s just hope we don’t ruin our chances of silverware, haggling over a couple of million pounds.

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    • Exactly.

      Gotta love those fans that think signing players is as easy as it is on FIFA, and suggest big players playing for big teams that have almost no chance of moving to us, and then go on to insult Wenger. Like, yeah mate, you know more than a manager that’s gone the league unbeaten.

      If I may ask, how do you get an avatar (picture) beside your name?

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  9. We do this to ourselves every (winter) transfer window when we know how Arsene works! Wait il tomorrow after 5pm and hold onto your bits for dear life until midnight.

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  10. Oh my God. good to be an arsenal fan.Being an arsenal fan is the unique option to suffer and enjoy from unpredictable situations in January and summer transfer window.Every day after all the gossips and talks,an arsenal fan is allowed to get disappointed and wonder what will happen.We never know,may be those extreme level of joyful moments of having Mesut ,monreal and cazorla can happen.But,as i can see from Arsene’s interview,we better kill our hopes of getting new players.

    OH, what about our current promising and improved chances of getting trophy after a many seasons???
    OH,being an arsenal fan!!!! proud to be a gooner always!!!!

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    • I am so upbeat this season thanks to the way we’re playing. Last year I had manacled depressive bloody disorder and now it’s unfuckingbelieveable and thanks to West Ham and the Walrus Maureen’s last shit WAS a hedgehog laughed my ass off at his bleating

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  11. With City going top last night, I feel (using an athletics analogy) like we’re in the 200 metres, gone off like a rocket to find ourselves in front off the bend only to look over and see Usian Bolt grinning as he goes past.

    We have a real shout this year and what happens in the next 36 hours is now crtitcal in my opinion.

    I’m off to renew my beta blocker prescription.

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    • Yeah.
      Wenger: ‘We’re signing Draxler’.
      Schalke: ‘Ok, would you like him giftwrapped?’
      Wenger: ‘No, thank you. We have money, you can’t stop us.’
      Schalke: ‘Ok, I guess we’d better sell him.’

      ; )

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  12. We need a couple of players in because I have a feeling when we lose a game, we will lose a few on the bounce. I hope we have got rid of that sort of thing but you never can tell with Arsenal in the last 5 or 6 seasons. We have a history of imploding and tired players seemed to be a factor.

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  13. Arsenal needs a director of football. Always waiting till last minute. If he had signed someone before southampton game, we would not have drew it coz new players would have raised our spirit. We need at least two or we forget a trophy for the season

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  14. Its just a matter of time before a news company (most likely Sky Sports) brings in body language experts to decipher Arsene Wenger’s thinking…

    If you watch the video he scratches/ touches the back of his neck so this means (lol):

    Scratching at the Backside of Your Head and Neck – a typical sign of doubt and uncertainty. It can also be interpreted as an indication of lying. Try to keep your hands away from your head when you’re communicating with others.

    I’m onto you Arsene…

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    • The Draxler issue is a question of who blinks first.

      Which is why I was again weary of us chasing shadows with this one.

      He is a player who is good but whose price is hyped and who will find good demand regardless of our attention.

      There is no compelling reason for Schalke to come down on price unless they squandered a heap of money on a card game to a mob boss and need to make it back.

      There is no compelling reason for us to spend beyond 24m on a player who frankly isn’t going to score that much initially (he hasn’t scored that much in the Bundesliga FYI) will take time to convert to a false 9 and has an issue with being cup tied for the remainder of the season. Jovetic weighed in at 25m for City, why should Draxler cost more?

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    • You will save yourself a lot of hassle if you do not listen to the rumours put out by the media.

      We have gone down this road before with plenty of other players.

      None of the media predicted Ozil. What makes you think we will sign someone because they keep bleating on about him?

      Likely if anything, Wenger if he pulls the rabbit out of the hat will shock you with someone none of us were expecting. and that is of course an ‘IF’ he decides to spend.

      Frankly I do think he will bring a player in.

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  15. The “we’re not close to signing anyone” line, true or false, serves only as a stick for the dumbass media to beat us with.


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  16. We’re not signing Draxler this window – that’s certain. I’d be surprised if we got anyone, frankly.

    We’ve got what we’ve got for the run-in. Let’s hope the lads are focused and ready for the difficult February and March games. If we’re still in touch by the end of March, we’ve got a chance.

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    • Midfield is short but manageable.

      Arteta is exposed for 4 games due to Flamini’s recklessness.

      Ramsey is a set back but jack’s seems to be a niggle. If he shakes it off, we also have Rosicky shortly to come back and Chamberlain can play in the position.

      I suspect Wenger will dip in the market dependent strictly on Jack.

      The Draxler move would have been something he would likely make down the line as a replacement for Rosicky. However there are other candidates that could also replace the czech in due course so Draxler frankly is not the be all and end all.

      Where the market for top quality strikers is fallow, there are good options in midfield and Wenger can afford to wait. If he decides to pull someone in early bc of a Jack fitness issue, then Draxler will come into frame but he has other options in the market that will be cheaper and probably more proven.

      Draxler as much as he is potentially fantastic still needs a bit of time where we may have need for more immediate impact.

      We also have to think of the Bayern game. No point throwing in the towel before we even compete. This is a game which whilst many may feel we will lose may have a massive impact on our other competitions. We have need for a player who can add a bit of extra magic up top in this game.

      Considering we will likely be under the cosh for good stretches against Bayern, we will have need IMO for a striker with pace who can beat a man or two on his own. Pato comes to mind. He isn’t exactly someone I’d depend on for 90 minutes (nor would he be fit enough) but he may be able to bring 10 minutes into the game where he can add something different for us on the counter. Crucially he is not cup tied.

      I’m not sure if Vucinic can get special dispensation to be eligible for the competition (or for that matter Draxler) but we should be thinking on those lines IMO.

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  17. Draxler – Cup tied and not exactly prolific in goals. not sure what we are buying here beyond potential which will take time and will not have an immediate impact we need. Anything over 24m is ludicruous considering City bought the more proven (and higher scoring) Jovetic for about that price. Unless Schalke have some debt to clear and decide its not worth holding for a better price on a myriad suitors for the Draxler hype, we are of course welcome to chase shadows like Suarez. Maybe we should offer two quid more this time.

    As an alternative if we are looking for midfield cover, we could also consider the likes of Remy Cabella or say Konoplyanka who will go for 15m, scores and creates more and can play across midfield being two footed.

    Vucinic – This seems more likely as he is an immediate impact player with good experience and ability to add something slightly different up front to Giroud or Bedtner whilst close to replicating their physical presence. But he is also cup tied and we need an impact for those CL ties with Bayern. A loan seems a sensible option regardless and better Vucinic than nothing IMO as he can also play on the wings.

    As an option, there is also (as I am his agent and will waive my fee in the interest of Arsenal) Pato who is proven in CL, is not cuptied, is unwanted by his club and offers speed and trickery up top plus could play @RW if need be (albeit I’m not sure how diligent he is tracking back)

    As it stands, there may be a possibility of Vucinic and Draxler will only come if the price is sufficiently low. We have sufficient cover in midfield and there are other options.

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  18. Frankly, I do think Wenger will bring one player in at very least.

    A lot can happen in 24 hours.

    Likely it will be a loan at this stage but you can never tell because things move quickly at the end.

    Some deals by other clubs may collapse and Wenger may swoop in or certain issues will resolve in the last hours.

    We are lacking a bit of power up top particularly if you look at the comparative GD with City.

    If we compare City’s squad with ours’ we are frankly not far off in quality or quantity ;

    Negredo – Giroud
    Aguero – ?????
    Dzeko – Bendtner
    Jovetic – Podolski

    Nasri – Walcott
    Silva – Ozil
    Navas – Santi
    Milner – Ox
    Gnabry – ?????

    Fernandhino – Ramsey
    Rodwell – Jack
    Toure – Arteta
    Garcia – Flamini
    Boyata – Rosicky

    Zabaleta – Sagna
    Richards – Jenkinson
    Kolorov – Gibbs
    Clichy – Monreal

    Kompany – Per
    Nastasic – Koscielny
    Demechelis – Vermaelen
    Lescott – ?????

    No surprise we have a shortfall at Cback and of course up top where Aguero’s goal haul is close to the difference in GD between the teams.

    No surprise as well that the sort of mobile tricky pacy striker in Aguero is the sort of element we are missing up top where if we remember Wenger did pursue for a similar player in Higuain and Suarez.

    This should give us indication of where to add IMO. Current midfield issues is manageable risk. We have other deficiencies we need to address. Wenger of course will of course come up with something totally left field which makes sense.

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  19. Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn…. nope that’s a lie. I’m as wound up as every transfer window. Wish someone would do to me what they used to do to B.A. in the A team so he’d get on a plane. Jack me up with sleepers until bloody Feb 1st.

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  20. I don’t quite understand why we employ Dick. When it comes to getting the job done, Dick seems to lack any potency.

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