Wenger on Hart link and dropping Cech

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Arsene Wenger has killed off rumours linking Arsenal with a move for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

The England international was shipped out on loan to Torino in the summer by new City boss Pep Guardiola, who recruited Claudio Bravo in his place.

Reports have since suggested that Hart will leave the Etihad permanently at the end of the current season and that Arsenal might try and sign the 29-year-old as a long-term replacement for Petr Cech.

“No,” said Wenger definitively, when asked whether he wants to sign Hart in his pre-Hull press conference.

He added: “I have three world class goalkeepers and I’m very happy with them.”

We’re not quite sure whether the boss includes Wojciech Szczesny, on loan at Roma, as one of his three ‘world class’ keepers or whether he’s putting Emiliano Martinez on a pedestal alongside David Ospina and Petr Cech.

On the subject of the latter, Wenger was also asked whether the Czech stopper could be dropped on Saturday following his gaffe at Stamford Bridge. The 34-year-old’s poor clearance in the second half teed up Cesc Fabregas to score Chelsea’s third goal.

“It’s difficult to come out individually,” said Wenger.

“Petr Cech is a guy who is serious, wants to do well, he prepares well. Overall he’s had a good season.

When pressed again, Wenger, somewhat irritated, added: “Look, I cannot come out on every single opinion that people have. My team is not picked for Saturday. That is not at stake in my thinking at the moment. “

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