Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will not be acquiring Julian Draxler today despite being heavily linked with the German starlet for some time.
The Schalke attacking midfielder has been one of the most talked about transfers this winter and it was expected the Gunners would splash out and bring in the talented 20-year-old playmaker by the end of today in order to strengthen the Gunners attacking options.
Wenger however has squashed any possibility of a deal being done, suggesting the story came from the papers.
“The Draxler situation has been created by the newspapers, not by me.” He told the media at Friday’s press conference. “You ask me, what is that situation? I say nothing is happening on that front. He will stay at Schalke.”
With Aaron Ramsey ruled out for six weeks and Mathieu Flamini serving a three match ban, Arsenal’s stacked midfield seems suddenly light and a Wenger will look to reinforce today.
“It is 80:20 [that someone will join the Club],” Wenger said. “In the transfer window there is always hope. It looks like it is a bit superficial and artificial.
“What is concrete is that we are in a strong position in the league and I don’t know why we should [feel any] anti-climax. We are where no one expected us to be so we have to be focused, proud and ambitious to finish the season well.
“The results are not made by the winter transfer market, they are made by the performances on the pitch. On that front we have shown we can be very competitive. We are a bit short now, but I am confident we will be able to do something today.
“It can happen, we still try to bring at least one body in because we are a bit hit now by the red card of Flamini, the setback of Ramsey, the fact that Wilshere is not available which I hope will be short-term. In an area where we had plenty of players, suddenly we are a bit short.”
The Gunners are reportedly close to securing 31-year-old Swede Kim Kallstrom who is reported to be in for a medical at Emirates.
Wenger has to do some business, and a striker is essential. Common Arsene.
More to follow.