Arsenal FC manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed reports of Julian Draxler visiting Colney and argued why this transfer window should be scrapped.
Arsenal have been linked with a lot of names already in this transfer window as reports suggest that Arsene Wenger is looking to add to his forward line, which at the moment looks thin. With Olivier Giroud having to shoulder all the responsibility upfront, experts believe that the Gunners need to add a world-class forward in this window in order to sustain their title challenge and end their drought.
Julian Draxler has been the big name who have been linked with a move to the Emirates, but Arsene Wenger have dismissed reports which suggested that Draxler has visited Arsenal’s training ground.
“No [Arsenal are not close to signing Draxler].
“[On reports of Draxler visiting Arsenal’s training ground] That’s like a non-identified flying object. Some see them everywhere. “ – The Arsenal manager said.
Among all the expectations of news faces at the Emirates, there are few concerns about retaining some old ones as well. Bacary Sagna’s future has been under a lot of speculations in recent times as his contract expires at the end of this season, while talks about Mertesacker’s new contract is also underway. Arsene Wenger confirmed that the club has made ‘good progress’ in their efforts to extend the current contract of Sagna and Mertesacker.
“We are making good progress and hopefully we can announce something soon.“ – Wenger revealed.
Arsene Wenger was also full of praise for the German international and highlighted his leadership skills and how he has evolved as a player since his arrival at the club.
“I believe we see that [his leadership qualities], yes. It comes out, and certainly it was in him. He is more confident in his own game, he knows better his team-mates and he has developed himself as a player.
“He has changed as a player. You compare the Mertesacker who arrived here and the stature he has today, he is a completely improved player because he puts total focus and commitment into every training session.
“He is one of the players who maintains the level of urgency and focus inside the team and these are the leaders.” – He added.
Mertesacker has also recently welcomed rumours linking fellow country man Julian Draxler with a move to the Emirates, but Wenger insisted that the defender’s “curiosity” is normal, and maintained that the club is not to close to signing any new player.
“I am curious as well, of course I’m curious, it’s my nature. But the transfer period lasts until the 31st of January. Are we close to signing anybody? At the moment I would say no. “– He explained.
Wenger also dismissed links suggesting Dimitar Berbatov could possibly be Wenger’s short term solution upfront. The Frenchman revealed his admiration for the former Manchester United striker, but insisted that with Bendtner and Sanogo coming back from injuries, they should be able to strengthen the forward line upfront.
“You should ask the question, do I rate Berbatov as player? Highly. Have we made any approach to sign Berbatov? No.
“I don’t think so [we will sign Berbatov] because we have Bendtner who is coming back, we have Yaya Sanogo who is making very good progress in training. Of course we have lost Theo Walcott and that for us was a big blow but hopefully we can compensate. We have not made any approach. “ – he said.
The Arsenal manager has also provided his views on the winter transfer window and suggested that it should be removed from the calendar.
“Yes, you have my signature straight away [on whether to scrap this window].
“[Yes] and then you go to the end of it, that looks to me normal. It is like running a relay, then in the middle of the relay you change your runners.
If you have played a team twice before the transfer window, you can have an advantage compared to other teams.
“It gives teams a chance who are already convicted, it gives some teams hope. But when I arrived in England, the window was open until April, the whole season and it was not a problem.
“[On why this window was introduced] To create that high intense activity, and suddenly in January everybody becomes nervous. Before it was the whole season and it did not create any problem. Either you scrap it completely, or you leave it open until as long as possible to the last four games.” – Wenger explained to the press.
He also believes that this will be a quite transfer window, expect for the last few days.
“It will not be very busy. The transfer market in January is a low-key transfer market. There is very reduced activity. There will be some of course, but in the last three days as always.” – He added.