Wenger On Khedira, More Signings, Vermaelen And Buying A Goalkeeper

By on July 19, 2014

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has confirmed he is still in the market to make further signings this summer, particularly a goalkeeper, and refused to rule out a move for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira.

Newspaper reports have strongly linked us with a move for the German international in recent weeks and the boss was asked about his interest in the Madrid midfielder after our 2-0 pre-season opening win over Boreham Wood on Saturday afternoon.

While Arsene refused to rule out a move for Khedira or give any names, he did confirm he’s still on the market for further signings, saying that he’s happy with the additions he’s made already but it ‘isn’t over’, but did hint we may have to wait until later in the window before bringing in any more players.

When quizzed about Khedira and his transfer plans, Wenger told Arsenal.com:

I can’t give you any names because you are never sure that you can do what you want. We are still out there to strengthen our squad.

on Arsenal’s summer signings so far…

I’m very happy with what I could do until now. It’s not over – there’s still a long way to go.

on doing transfer deals early…

You are not the only one who decides that. Sometimes players that you want are available very late. You refer maybe to the Ozil case but at the same period last year, he was not available and became available very late. We’ll do the deals when it’s possible and that depends on three different opinions. This team we could do it early.

One position that we desperately need to strengthen is the goalkeeping department and Arsene confirmed that he will bring in a new stopper this summer. No names were given, obviously, but we’ll just have to see who he goes for.

The boss was also asked about the future of ‘skipper’ Thomas Vermaelen and he cast further doubt over whether he’ll still be here next season after refusing to rule out a move, but did confirm that he’ll bring in a replacement should the Belgian leave this summer.

on if he wants to sign a goalkeeper…

I will bring in a goalkeeper for sure.

on Thomas Vermaelen’s future…

I cannot guarantee that [he will stay at the club] but should he go, I will bring another centre back in for sure.

So it looks like there will be plenty of transfer activity at the Emirates over the coming weeks. It’s going to be interesting to see who the boss goes for and if he has another ‘marquee’ signing lined-up….


  1. abbas

    July 19, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    we shld 4get abt khadira & go shceneideli.

    • sid

      July 19, 2014 at 7:40 pm

      and you should go back to school!

  2. ace

    July 19, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Go back to school

  3. kartel

    July 19, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    plz go in 4 luis Gustavo he is betaa dan dem

    • Warren

      July 19, 2014 at 11:25 pm

      Yes, Luis Gustavo… the same bloke who couldn’t even protect his back four from the hammering against Germany. Remember… that 7-1 result.

      Now… do you still want him?

  4. gentle

    July 19, 2014 at 11:06 pm

    luis gustavo no way we should go for bender or schiederlin cos we need a player who can play 180 minuts without tired and this two players are capeble of doing the work for us GUNNER FOREVER……

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  6. Omobashemalu

    July 20, 2014 at 5:13 am

    Southampton man will do

  7. majaliwa sadik

    July 20, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Yes we need to strengthen our squad if we can’t we won’t won title

  8. mapinduzi charles

    July 20, 2014 at 6:44 am

    southmpoton man will do hs good than k

    edra arsenl is a team from god wawawa

  9. matthew

    July 20, 2014 at 7:04 am

    good signing is all we need

  10. Jeff

    July 20, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Morgan schneiderlin is good for us. He is younger and clinical.

  11. Raymond Kizito

    July 20, 2014 at 8:56 am

    So far so good but we need more signings boss to make our squard large to face all competetions.

  12. kalule musa

    July 20, 2014 at 10:18 am

    marcos reus and ballotteli can do us more good than harm

  13. Dzanson

    July 20, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Bender iz far better dan dem

    • GunnerO'oja

      July 20, 2014 at 3:27 pm

      If Bender is better, then,where was he during the worldcup campaign in Brazil? I prefer Khedira to any other mid-fielder we are currently linked with.

  14. prince mikky

    July 20, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    i want wenger to go for khedira he is a good buy

  15. McTheo Woke

    July 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Prof.Wenger,pls go for Aston Vila captain(Volm)He will be a perfect pair to Kolceny

  16. GunnerO'oja

    July 20, 2014 at 3:21 pm

    well!!!!! Only what need right now is a dm who doesn’t get tired on time and can adapt quickly to conditions of any match and a naturally born striker, strong, and fearful whose presence can be a threat to any defence.I see Khedira and Baloteli answering this question.So, what are we waiting for? letz get these two guys and we’ll automatically become title contender.

  17. yusuph toyin

    July 20, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    pls prof wenger kindly buy the southampton man along khedira to strength our midfield, God wil help you in wenger we trust from Nigeria

  18. Duncin bryan

    July 20, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    All i want now, sir arsene wenger is david ospina and sami khedira, we also need a cb to pair with kocienly

  19. Oluseyi Adeleke

    July 20, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    khedira, balloteli & ospina gud signing.go 4 dem pls.

  20. mansa mussa

    July 21, 2014 at 12:16 am

    Arsen you are important man 4 arsenal,do important signings 4 us khjedira & Ospina don’t miss

  21. kassimmusa

    July 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm

    please wenger we also need a defender if possible und balotelli should be signed

  22. alaska

    July 22, 2014 at 8:14 am

    Will need good sin nw

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