Transfer news: Arsene Wenger refuses to 'rule out' £35m January Arsenal move for Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler
Gunners defeated Coventry City 4-0 in the FA Cup
Friday 24 January 2014
Arsene Wenger would not rule out a January move for Schalke wonderkid Julian Draxler.
Arsenal are known to be very keen on the German 20-year-old and Wenger, speaking after the 4-0 defeat of Coventry City in the fourth round, denied an imminent move before opening the door to it in future.
“Honestly, as I told you before, we don’t rule it out,” Wenger said tonight when asked if a move was close. “But at the moment I cannot announce anything to you.”
Wenger had just said that there would not be an imminent deal for the £35million rated attacking midfielder who is keen on a move to the Emirates. “That again is an illusion,” Wenger said. “There is nothing happening, honestly no. We have no need on the flanks, we have Chamberlain coming back, we have many players on the flanks.”
Wenger was reluctant to be drawn into another argument with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who said that he had been complaining over transfers, but did try to refute Mourinho’s suggestion that Arsenal had been offered the easier fixtures recently. “Look, you choose over Christmas the fixtures and you tell me who had the best fixtures” Wenger said. “We played on Sunday against Everton, on Wednesday in Naples and on Saturday morning at Man City, so we have not the same assessment on that front. I can accept that we have different opinions. Everybody is free in life to have their opinion.”
Threat of 'catastrophic cascade of collisions' must be averted, warn scientists
Latest in Sport
Robin van Persie: Manchester United may have more joy if striker is dropped by David Moyes
Why does Manuel Pellegrini keep picking Martin Demichelis?
England 29 Wales 18 match report: Stuart Lancaster's men enjoy their day in the sun at expense of weary Wales
England 29 Wales 18 player ratings: Who was the star man at Twickenham?
Bayern Munich v Arsenal: Arsene Wenger pleads for 'fair chance' from referee in Champions League clash
- 1 Australian man Rod Sommerville reacts to bite from deadly snake by reaching for cold beer
- 2 Pakistan vs Paul Smith: Sandal-wearers bemused by famed British designer's attempts to sell traditional Peshawari chappal-style shoes for the distinctly untraditional sum of £300
- 3 North Korea elections: Kim Jong-un wins 100% of the vote
- 4 Steve Irwin’s final words: Cameraman present at death opens up about deadly stingray attack for the first time
- 5 Sharknado 2: Former WWE wrestler Kurt Angle to fight second wave of flying sharks
Britain's top vet sparks controversy with call for ban on slashing animals' throats in 'ritual' slaughters for halal and kosher meat products
Poor 'live like animals' says Boris's privately educated sister after going on 'poverty safari'
Exclusive: Impact of immigrants on British workers ‘negligible’
Vince Cable: Teachers 'know absolutely nothing' about the world of work
Ukraine crisis: Russia pledges to 'retaliate against sanctions' as Ukrainian president says Crimea vote will not be recognised
The quiet diplomat: Catherine Ashton - recognised and admired in all the world’s troubled countries, yet ridiculed at home