Arsene Wenger was unequivocal when asked about Arsenal's reported interest in Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak. It's a lie.
The Telegraph reported that Wenger had sent scouts to Georgia to watch Krychowiak in action against Barcelona in the Uefa Super Cup.
He hardly put in a terrific display in defensive midfield, allowing five goals to slip past in 120 minutes of thrilling action. However, it is claimed that Arsenal's interest in Krychowiak is longstanding and Wenger was ready to meet his €30million release clause.
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Arsenal's interest seemed to be renewed shortly after their listless 2-0 defeat to West Ham in their opening game of the Premier League season. Naturally, Wenger may have seen a need to provide some quality competition to Francis Coquelin.
However, the Arsenal boss says he is not interested in the Polish international. He also said that he expects Mathieu Flamini to remain in north London despite reports suggesting he was free to leave.
He told reporters: "Are we interested in signing Krychowiak? No.
And on Flamini, he said: "Flamini? I expect him to stay."
We've heard it all before
But haven't we heard it all before from Wenger? No other manager in the Premier League manages to deflect attention away from his transfer targets better than the Frenchman.
You can still find articles on the Internet reporting that Wenger had claimed to have little or no interest in signing a little known diminutive Spaniard called Santi Cazorla.
Two weeks later and Wenger was speaking about his new signing, a little known diminutive Spaniard called Santi Cazorla. What we're saying is: the Arsenal boss' word is far from gospel when it comes to transfers.