While clubs are clamoring to find reinforcements during the January transfer period, Arsene Wenger appears set on denying speculation.
The latest target that the Arsenal boss has rejected is Lyon midfielder Yoann Gourcuff.
Said Wenger, when asked whether he has interest in adding Gourcuff: No. In midfield I have Wilshere and Diaby, who will be back, and that would mean a lot of players.
In October, Talk Sport reported that Gourcuff was on Arsenal's radar for a January move. The online publication footybunker.com linked Arsenal to a summer bid for Gourcuff.
Last week, Wenger denied making a move to sign left back Wayne Bridge. Prior to that, Wenger denied Arsenal were about to sign Koln striker Lukas Podolski.
However, Wenger recently sound more optimistic about adding former Gunner star Thierry Henry, who currently plays with the New York Red Bulls, on a short-term loan.
Short-term is ideal for us but I haven't made any enquiry yet, Wenger said, on Dec. 24. Thierry is not here at the moment. Jan. 1 is the vital date and we have seven days to make decisions. I will make my decision in the next seven days.
Lately, it seems more players may be on their way out of Arsenal, than on their way in.
On Tuesday, Metro reported that winger Andrey Arshavin may be closer than ever to leaving Arsenal. Russian clubs, including Zenit St Petersburg, are reportedly interested in Arshavin, as well as London rival Chelsea.
Striker Marouane Chamakh is also the subject of speculation that he will be transferred to a French club in January.