Press conference

Wenger on Aubameyang, Malcom, Ozil and Wilshere

With less than two weeks until the end of the transfer window, potential transfer deals dominated Thursday's press conference.

Arsene Wenger was asked about a host of players, and the futures of both Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere - and this is what he had to say:

on Malcom…
No, I don’t think we are close to doing that.

on if he thinks we will sign Malcom in January…
I don’t think so, no.

on Aubameyang and if he could join Arsenal…
I have nothing to add to that. These kind of things, it’s better when it’s secret and when you don’t come out on it, and when you announce it when it’s over the line. Apart from the deal we just spoke about, Alexis and Mkhitaryan could happen, yes, but nothing else is close.

on Aubameyang’s character and if he’d fit in at Arsenal…
Yes, because character can be a very positive note and it can be a very negative note. I believe overall you look at the achievements of a player during his career and usually, when a career has been very positive, the character has been used in a positive way.

on Jonny Evans…
There as well there is nothing to add at the moment.

on if Ozil will be at Arsenal in February…
In February? Yes, of course.

on how close we are to confirming Wilshere’s future…
We know what we want. We want him to stay, we want him to extend [his contract]. He wants to stay. After that, we have to find a satisfying financial agreement with Jack that is good for him. That’s what we’re trying to do.