Wenger Responds To Draxler & Berbatov Reports + Update On Per/Sagna Contract Talks

By on January 17, 2014

Arsene Wenger has been holding his press conference this morning and among the various things he’s been talking about, he gave his thoughts on the club being linked with Julian Draxler.

The German sensation has been strongly linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks and there were even reports the 20-year-old had been left impressed after being shown around the clubs training facilities.

When quizzed by journalists about his interest in the player and whether he’d visited London Colney, Wenger’s response was typically witty. He told Arsenal.com with a wry smile:

on being close to a deal for Draxler…


on the rumour he had a look around the training ground…

That’s like a non-identified flying object. Some see them everywhere.

I think it’s pretty clear we have an interest in Draxler but Wenger isn’t giving much away. I’d still be majorly surprised if anything happened on that front this month.

Arsene was then once again asked about his reported interest in signing Fulham’s Dimitar Berbatov and while he admitted he rated the Bulgarian, he insists no approach has been made and hinted no new striker would be signed because Bendtner and Sanogo are close to returning.

on being linked with Berbatov…

You should ask the question, do I rate Berbatov as player? Highly. Have we made any approach to sign Berbatov? No.

on whether he will sign Berbatov…

I don’t think so because we have Bendtner who is coming back, we have Yaya Sanogo who is making very good progress in training. Of course we have lost Theo Walcott and that for us was a big blow but hopefully we can compensate. We have not made any approach.

Let’s hope Wenger is just trolling us with these comments. It would be criminal if we don’t bring in another attacker before the window closes. Don’t ruin our chances of winning the title Arsene, by relying on Bendtner and Sanogo!

The boss was also asked for an update on contract extension talks with Per Mertesacker and Bacary Sagna, and he says things are progressing well and they hope to announce something soon.

on new contracts for Mertesacker and Sagna…

We are making good progress and hopefully we can announce something soon.

It will be a massive relief if we can get the two defenders tied to new deals, particularly Sagna as his contract expires n the summer. Fingers crossed we can get them both to sign on the dotted line soon.


  1. Ammee aliyi hullo

    January 17, 2014 at 10:41 am

    Dear Arsenal fans we really love AFC.
    But Arsene wenger still don’t care about fans and he focuses on commercializing the afc.Any in such conditions no hope for title but might be for top 4.

  2. Ammee aliyi hullo

    January 17, 2014 at 10:43 am

    Dear Arsenal fans we really love AFC.
    But Arsene wenger still don’t care about fans and he focuses on commercializing the afc.Any way in such conditions no hope for title but might be for usual top 4.

    • Dog breath

      January 17, 2014 at 10:54 am

      So boring. So last summer. Get over it!

  3. Mike Azalaat

    January 17, 2014 at 11:56 am

    Buy Draxler to play wing and push Waltcott upfront to play striking and sign simple striker to help dem.

  4. craig

    January 17, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Same old same old we wont sign the drax or anyone because if he really wanted anyone then he would of signed them by now and ill say it again giroud is useless he will never get you enough goals and that is why we will never win the league or any trophy under arsene wenger get rid of the manager and get some one intereseted in winning trophies and not finishing fourth every year

  5. Yusuf

    January 17, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Am sure he will sign on the last day of transfer market…

    • mohamed

      January 17, 2014 at 4:03 pm

      we nd a goal scocer Arsene Wenger if only we want to win the league just a take look at Manchester City they have dangerous Strikers pls Boss help us with a striker so that our dream may come true at the end of the season

  6. emmanuel Nicolas

    January 17, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    In Arsene Wenger We trust !!

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