The manager admits the club are not close to bringing in any new talent, but refused to rule out a late “exceptional” move, and said he is keen to extend Thomas Vermaelen’s deal
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are “unlikely to sign anyone” in the January transfer window, but refused to rule out late activity.
Goal exclusively revealed on January 11 that Arsene Wenger is plotting a January move for Draxler, while Schalke sporting director Horst Heldt insisted last week that the club are yet to receive a concrete offer.
Arsenal have also been linked with recognised striker talent following injuries to the likes of Theo Walcott, though Wenger ruled out a bid for Dimitar Berbatov but left the door open for an “exceptional” opportunity.
“It’s looks unlikely that we will sign anyone. We are not close to anything,” he told reporters.
“If something exceptional turns up of course we will do it.”
Meanwhile, Wenger revealed that he is keen to tie captain Thomas Vermaelen down to longer terms.
The Belgian, whose current deal is set to expire in 2015, has struggled for minutes after falling behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in the pecking order – starting just three Premier League games.
He said: “I’m ready to extend Vermaelen’s contract. He is a quality player and I’m open to it.”