Wenger: We’ll only move for a special player

Arsene Wenger maintains Arsenal will only move for a “special player” in the closing days of the transfer window.

The Gunners sold former captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United and last week saw defensive midfield man Alex Song move to Barcelona, bringing in the best part of £40m (€50.5m).

Wenger is expected to add some more fresh faces after the summer arrivals of Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla, who impressed on his debut, German striker Lukas Podolski and France forward Olivier Giroud.

A season-long loan deal for Real Madrid’s Turkey international Nuri Sahin is “not alive”, according to the Arsenal manager, who has also been linked with Sevilla winger Jesus Navas and Rennes’ £21.4m-rated midfielder Yann M’Vila.

However, Wenger insists if the club move again in the market, it will have to be for the right man.

“We will only take players who have something special,” said the Arsenal manager, who takes his side to Stoke tomorrow. “We are still in the market in some positions, but overall we believe we have a very strong squad.”

As well as looking for reinforcements, Wenger accepts some of his own fringe players can leave — such as Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner.

“We have some players who can go out,” he said.

Arsenal opened up the new Barclays Premier League campaign with a frustrating goalless home draw against Sunderland.

The Gunners head to Stoke this weekend, and Wenger knows just what reception to expect.

“They are a team who defends very well, and their football is based on efficiency and that always demands a great concentration level.”

Stoke have been having their own problems in the transfer market and refused to comment on reports they have been unable to agree a deal with Tottenham for midfielder Tom Huddlestone.

The 25-year-old had been expected to join the Potters on a season-long loan and it was thought a package was close to being concluded.

That means United States international Geoff Cameron could be rushed in for his Barclays Premier League debut straight after — in a positive development for the club — receiving his international clearance.

The summer signing from Houston Dynamo has spent 11 days away from Stoke for international duty and to complete visa formalities but was given permission to return to the UK Thursday.

Pulis is unsure as to his match-fitness but the 27-year-old may feature against the Gunners at the Britannia Stadium, with Dean Whitehead out through suspension.

Pulis said: “We will see how Geoff is when he gets here.


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