Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's pre-match press conference for Sunday's Premier League showdown with Stoke City came close to bordering on farce this morning, with a string of rumoured transfer targets put to the Gunners boss before being very quickly swatted aside.
Wenger was asked directly about widely-reported interest in Real Madrid playmaker Isco and Chelsea goalkeeper, who would both instantly improve the Gunners squad but only at a premium price.
Isco has been strongly linked with a quite stunning £64m move for the Spanish international, but Wenger has dashed the hopes of Gunners fans by insisting his squad is fully stocked in that position for the time being.
No forward arriving at the Emirates this month
Wenger went further than simply ruling out a move for Isco, insisting that he's got so many creative players that recently departed Lukas Podolski won't be replaced and neither will Yaya Sanogo if he finds a loan move before the transfer window slams shut.
When quizzed about Isco the Gunners boss told the Daily Star: "No, we are not on the case. “We have plenty of creative players. We are short on the defensive side of our game not on the offensive side.
“We have plenty of offensive players, we just spoke about Podolski who went out on [on loan], we were just speaking about Sanogo going out because we have so many offensive players who don’t get a chance to play so we wouldn’t buy somebody else in the attack.”
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No chance of Cech either
The bombardment of transfer questions continued for Wenger as attention turned to Cech, who continues to sit firmly behind Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea pecking order.
Arsenal's own number Wojciech Szczesny has come under fire over the last seven days after stories emerged of the stopper smoking in the showers after the New Years day defeat to Southampton, but Wenger is adamant he's not in the market for a new goalkeeper at this time.
He said: “Petr Cech is at Chelsea. We have three goalkeepers who for me who are top class.
“At the moment there is big competition is going on and I have no doubt that we already have the quality.”
Priorities lie elsewhere
Arsenal are almost certainly diverting their attention elsewhere in the notoriously difficult mid-season transfer market, with a new centre-back and if possible holding midfielder their top priorities.
The Gunners need a new centre-back at the very least to boost their chances of securing Champions League football once again this season, but it remains to be seen if Wenger can sign a player he deems worthy of a place in his squad before the February 3rd deadline.