By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger says he is “everywhere and nowhere” in his search for a new centre back.

A number of names have been suggested since the Arsenal manager told TV Online he may look to bring in defensive cover during January. The Frenchman has batted them all away.

The question cropped up again at Friday’s press conference but Wenger would not be drawn. He suggested that, while he was active, a deal was not close.

“We are everywhere and nowhere,” he said. “I cannot give you any information on that.

“I promise you that if we sign someone you will be informed. Don’t speak about any name because I spoke about any names that would be dishonest. The players we have signed recently, especially the defenders like Vermaelen or Koscielny, you would never have guessed. Let us surprise you if we do something.”

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