As coquettish as ever with the press at his weekly media gathering at London Colney, Arsene Wenger has again played down suggestions that Arsenal are on the verge of announcing the capture of German international Lukas Podolski.
As reports circle that both the Gunners and Cologne could confirm the deal next week, the manager refused to confirm that a deal had been done or that it might be finalised in the near future.
Despite Arsenal.com reporting Wenger’s press conference response to the suggestion the striker had undertaken a medical, “Nothing is done. No [he has not had a medical],” it appears the boss has given a more in-depth reaction in a later chat with the written press.
James Olley, Chief Football Correspondent for the London Evening Standard, who firmly believes a medical has taken place, revealed on Twitter the following words from Wenger.
“The deal could happen soon, it could happen later.
“The speed in which you do things is important, but at the end of the day it is always the player who makes the decision.”
“It is about how much they want to join you.”
The fact that Wenger is even willing to talk about Podolski in such terms leads Arseblog News to believe that negotiations must be coming to a head.