Wenger guarded on Mustafi and Lacazette links

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Over the course of the weekend Arsene Wenger and Ivan Gazidis have both begun to sing from the same hymn sheet, with admissions that signings are needed up front and in central defence.

The Gunners have been linked with a host of defensive names, but in terms of forwards there’s been little variety – most of the attention appears to be on Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette.

The French club’s seemingly intractable position over his future changed slightly too, with coach Bruno Génésio saying, “He can leave if Lyon want him to. There are some offers that you cannot refuse. My desire as manager is that the best players stay and Lacazette is very important for the team.

“I have been assured by my president that we will keep the player. You never know what could happen right up until the 31st August.”

Reports this morning say that they’re prepared to offer him a new deal, while English sources insist Arsenal will go back in with another bid.

As ever, the Arsenal manager was quizzed about transfers after last night’s 3-1 win over Chivas, but he deflected those questions in typical fashion when asked about Lacazette and Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi.

“We have not closed any deal with anybody at the moment,” he said. That’s the answer. You speak about Mustafi. Is it Mustafi or anybody else – we haven’t concluded anything at the moment.

“I can understand that you are interested in transfers but I’m not ready to come out on any name.”

There was some excitement generated by Wenger’s interview with beIN Sport in which he was asked about Riyad Mahrez, see below:

Does the smile mean anything? Do people read more into Wenger’s facial expressions than any other manager? What time is love?

Maybe we’ll get the answer to one or all of those questions this week.

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