Manager on transfer of Manolas and Khedira
No one is on the brink of joining Arsenal.
According to Arsene Wenger, media reports that the Gunners have been closing in on a deal for a new defender are untrue despite the void that Thomas Vermaelen’s exit has left in the squad’s depth.
Greek defender Kostas Manolas had been touted as Arsenal’s main target with some even suggesting that the 23-year-old had completed a medical at the club’s training ground on Monday.
But even with the demand for a new defensive midfielder on his agenda too, Arsene Wenger insists that his side are nowhere near a new signing just yet.
“Not at the moment, no. I have nothing special to add on that at the moment. Honestly, we are not close to signing anybody.” Wenger said
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Wenger is never afraid to stick with current options instead of add new faces and the Frenchman sees the imminent return of Arsenal’s German trio to be a problem solver.
“We are a bit short at the back, yes you’re right (that we need new signings). But we should have Mertesacker and Ozil and Podolski available again at the weekend. Let’s hope they are in good shape when we go home.” he added