By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger will NOT bid for Mario Balotelli.

Arsenal have been linked with a move for the Inter Milan striker and, according to newspaper reports, are battling with Chelsea for the 19-year-old’s signature.

Wenger told Arsenal.com last week that he would be in the market for a new player in light of Robin van Persie’s long-term injury and the rumour mill is cranking into gear with the transfer window less than four weeks away.

But on this occasion, the Frenchman insists that the media have got it wrong.

“We are not interested in Mario Balotelli, you can write that,” said Wenger.

“Chelsea can buy him as much as they want, they have no competition on the subject.

“I read today that we are competing with Chelsea for the player, but it’s not true.”

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