Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed recent reports that Manuel Almunia and Andrei Arshavin are close to leaving the club by insisting no one will be leaving this month.
Almunia has been targeted by Turkish side Galatasaray and there has been speculation about a possible move to Juventus for Arshavin, but when asked about any possible sales during the current transfer window, Wenger told Arsenal TV Online: “No, not at the moment.”
Arshavin has been disappointing this season and the Arsenal fans booed the Russian off the pitch after Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Leeds United. But Wenger insisted he is pleased with the 29-year-old and put his recent poor run of form down to fatigue: “We have had no contact. As soon as a player doesn’t play fantastically well, he is criticised. We all know that. I am very happy with Arshavin.
“He played almost every single game since the start of the season. He has played for his national team as well and he is physically a bit less fresh.”
Fabianski 1st choice.
Lukasz Fabianski has been told by Arsene Wenger that he is still his first-choice goalkeeper, The Guardian has revealed.
The Polish international has been out for the past two weeks with a shoulder injury and is unavailable for selection against West Ham United this weekend, meaning Wojciech Szczesny will again take his place in goal. But Fabianski has been reassured by his boss that his position as Arsenal’s main goalkeeper is not in jeopardy.
The 25-year-old played second fiddle to Manuel Almunia until late September when the Spaniard picked up an injury, since then however, Fabianski has performed consistently in goal for the Gunners and Wenger has no doubts that he will be between the sticks immediately after his return: “We live in a world of competition but for me it is clear that Fabianksi is No1.”
“Surprise” signing on way?
Arsene Wenger has suggested that he could surprise the fans and media with his next signing, according to Metro.
The Gunners have been linked with several defenders including Bolton’s Gary Cahill and West Ham United’s Matthew Upson in recent weeks as Wenger looks to increase his defensive options which are lacking because of the absence of Thomas Vermaelen and Sebastien Squillaci due to injury.
But the 61-year-old is believed to be looking for a defender who is experienced in the Premier League but insists that his choice could come as a surprise to everyone: “The players we have signed recently, especially the defenders like Vermaelen or Koscielny, you would never have guessed. Let us surprise you if we do something.”