By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger has revealed he turned down the opportunity to take Adriano on loan.
The Brazilian striker has a wonderful scoring record, hitting 43 in 99 games during his second spell with Inter and 25 in 37 matches for his country. Reportedly, the 25-year-old is considered surplus to requirements at the San Siro at the moment and has been linked in the British media with a transfer to West Ham. The Arsenal manager ruled out a move because he feels he has enough ability up front but also the deal had strings attached.
"I've been offered Adriano on loan and I said no," said the Arsenal manager. "We do not need him and it was an easy decision to make because we're not out there to take a striker on loan.

"The agreement was for a loan. They wanted to give us a player but wanted one back in return. I won't say who it was but I did not want to lose the player they wanted. I didn't necessarily think Adriano would upset the balance of the squad but he has qualities we don't need.
"I bought in [strikers] Eduardo and Bendtner. I already had Adebayor and Van Persie plus I still have Walcott and Diaby who can play through the middle. Why should I bring more players in? I have big faith in my squad and they're proving me right at the moment."

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Richard Clarke 29 Aug 2007