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."

Copyright 2014 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 Richard Clarke 29 Aug 2007