Arsène Wenger admits he is “80 per cent” likely to make a signing on transfer deadline day - but it won’t be Julian Draxler.
Arsenal have been linked with a host of strikers during the January window, but the manager says he is unlikely to add a forward. Instead, Wenger will look to bolster his midfield to cover injuries and suspensions.
“It is 80:20 [that someone will join the Club],” Wenger said. “In the transfer window there is always hope. It looks like it is a bit superficial and artificial.
The results are not made by the winter transfer market, they are made by the performances on the pitchArsène Wenger
“What is concrete is that we are in a strong position in the league and I don’t know why we should [feel any] anti-climax. We are where no one expected us to be so we have to be focused, proud and ambitious to finish the season well.
“The results are not made by the winter transfer market, they are made by the performances on the pitch. On that front we have shown we can be very competitive. We are a bit short now, but I am confident we will be able to do something today.
“It can happen, we still try to bring at least one body in because we are a bit hit now by the red card of Flamini, the setback of Ramsey, the fact that Wilshere is not available which I hope will be short-term. In an area where we had plenty of players, suddenly we are a bit short.”
Schalke forward Draxler has been constantly linked with a move to Emirates Stadium, but Wenger insists it will not happen this month.
“The Draxler situation has been created by the newspapers, not by me,” he said. “You ask me, what is that situation? I say nothing is happening on that front. He will stay at Schalke.”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 31 Jan 2014