By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger has not ruled out adding to his squad before the transfer window shuts at the end of the month - but the Arsenal manager admits he is not close to signing anyone at the moment.
The Frenchman made it clear on Friday that he would happily give one of his younger players a chance if he could not find an experienced, top class midfielder before the deadline passes on August 31.
Wenger was pressed on his transfer plans after the Emirates Cup ended on Sunday and, once again, he refused to give anything away.
"I cannot tell you anything more," he said. "If we sign a player we will come out and tell you, but I can say to you now that we are not close to signing anybody."
Aston Villa midfielder Gareth Barry has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool but Wenger would not be drawn on whether his admiration for the England midfielder would prompt a bid from Arsenal.
"I don't know if Gareth Barry will leave Aston Villa or not, but I am not on his case," said the Frenchman. "I like Gareth Barry and I like two or three other players.
"It is better I don't speak about names, I said that yesterday. It is better I leave things to your [the media's] imagination and creation."Copyright 2017 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source