By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger is unlikely to bring in a new midfielder before the end of next week.
The Arsenal manager is happy with his squad but has expressed the desire to add some experience in the centre of the park. However a deal cannot be sealed before the Champions League qualifier against Twente on Wednesday.
“At the moment, I am not close to concluding any transfer deal, because I am too busy here,” he said after Saturday’s 1-1 draw against Sevilla in Amsterdam. “Maybe next week something can happen, but for now we have to focus on the Champions League and forget about transfers because it is a big target for us.”
Wenger also refused to drawn over reports that Swiss midfielder Goklan Inler, who plays for Udinese, was his primary target.
“I do not rule out anybody completely at the moment,” he commented. “If we were in advanced negotiations with anybody else I would say no, so everything is possible right now.”Copyright 2013 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 10 Aug 2008