Transfer Talk: Wenger uncertainty 'is not an issue'

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Arsenal's attempt to end their five-year trophy drought this season will not be affected by uncertainty surrounding the future of manager Arsène Wenger, according to the defender Bacary Sagna.

Wenger is entering the last year of his contract and despite informal talks at boardroom level about convincing the 60-year-old to extend his deal, the Frenchman has so far not committed to the club.

French full-back Sagna, though, insists the team's focus is firmly on the field. "I don't know if it will be his last season at Arsenal – we don't have to think about it," he said. "We just want to play and give back the trust he gave us. The contract situation is not a concern. Our job is on the pitch."

Sagna said Wenger's latest additions to the squad – defender Laurent Koscielny from Lorient and striker Marouane Chamakh from Bordeaux – will enable the side to deliver the trophies he feels the manager deserves.

"I don't need to say how important the boss is to Arsenal and we want to win things for him. Everything he has given us we need to give him back. We just want to stay focused on the pitch and everything will be fine."


Aiden McGeady is continuing negotiations with Spartak Moscow ahead of a £9.5m move and is expected to fly out to Moscow today. The 24-year-old midfielder would rather move to an English side but Aston Villa refuse to pay more than £7.5m.


Manager Steve Bruce is hopeful of retaining loan player John Mensah. "We know he has fitness problems, but he's one of the best defenders I've ever worked with," Bruce said of the 27-year-old Lyon player. "I'll do everything in my power to bring him back."


The striker Stefan Maierhofer is set to sign a season-long loan for German team Duisburg. "It doesn't always work out when a player moves to a new club," said manager Mick McCarthy of the Austrain International who joined last season.

Swindon Town

The League One side have signed Simon Ferry and Paul Caddis (left) from Celtic for an undisclosed fee. The 22-year-old midfielder Ferry spent last season on loan at the County Ground, while Caddis is the Scotland Under-21 captain.

Hull City

The chairman Adam Pearson has confirmed the club are interested in signing promising Tottenham midfielder John Bostock on a season-long loan. "John is a player the manager admires and hopefully we can get something sorted," Pearson said.


Manager Harry Redknapp is reportedly looking to sign Barcelona midfielder Aleksander Hleb, 29, to bolster his side's Champions League challenge. "I heard the link with Tottenham and I think they are a great club," the former Arsenal midfielder said.