Arsene Wenger, the Arsenal manager, was asked in his press-conference ahead of the Gunners’ clash against Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon over any possible last minute signings, and suggests there could be late arrivals at the Emirates.
The summer window slams shut on Tuesday September 1, and other than Petr Cech, Arsenal have not significantly strengthened their side since the end of last season.
They have been heavily linked with a move for Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema and Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani, but it’s looking increasingly likely that neither player will be heading to north London within the next six days.
However, Arsenal have secured two marquee signings over the past two summer windows in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, with the first arriving on deadline day, and Gunners supporters may still have slight hope on a major acquisition by Tuesday.
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And Wenger has stated that the club are working ‘day and night’ to bolster their squad, despite insisting that no player is close to signing.
“I am always confident that a last-minute situation or solution is available, because the transfer market is especially moving in the last four or five days,” as quoted by Arsenal’s official website. “But at the moment I cannot promise you that.
“We have specific targets but sometimes you get an idea from somebody because you didn’t know that the player you like was available and if you get an opportunity you do it.
“We work very hard, you know I have a team around me who work day and night to find good solutions. I am 24 hours available per day, so I am involved in the decision of course, but at the moment we are not close to signing anyone.”