Arsenal boss "active" in late transfer chase

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has insisted that the Gunners are "active" in their pursuit of last-ditch January additions, but revealed that the search has so far proved fruitless.

The Gunners have been linked with a whole host of attacking alternatives in the past week, including a £35m deal for Julian Draxler and loan bids for Mirko Vucinic and Cristian Tello.

Wenger is adamant that none of those players have moved closer to becoming an Arsenal player though, before declaring that he will continue to chase new signings until tomorrow night's 11pm transfer deadline.

He told Arsenal's official website: “Are we active? Yes. Are we close to sign anybody? No.

“There's not long now that's true. First, the situation was going like always in a transfer market - week by week.

"In the last two weeks it goes day by day, now it goes hour by hour. In any hour anything can happen or change but at the moment, unfortunately, we are not signing anybody.”

Wenger would ideally like to add the right player to an attacking mix currently deprived of options, with Theo Walcott out for the rest of the season and Aaron Ramsey back on the sidelines following a recurrence of a thigh problem.

Time is running out for Wenger to conclude any late transfer business, although Arsenal fans probably more hope than at the same stage in previous seasons thanks to last summer's £42.4m deal which saw Mesut Ozil move to the Emirates on transfer deadline-day.

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