By Nick Teale

Arsène Wenger has dismissed speculation suggesting that Thomas Sorensen was close to joining Arsenal on transfer deadline day.

The manager recently told Arsenal TV Online that he had worked hard last Monday to try and secure a last-minute signing, however he refused to name the player he was chasing.

Over the weekend reports in the national press suggested that the man in question was Stoke City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen.

At his pre-Liverpool press conference on Tuesday the manager was asked if the reports were true, and Wenger was unequivocal in his answer.

"No. No," replied the Frenchman.

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9 Feb 2010