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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has denied speculation linking him with a move for defender Jonathan Woodgate.

The former England international centre back has been plagued by injury but remains highly-rated within the game, with Arsenal reportedly considering a shock north London swoop.

However, Wenger admitted that while he liked the player, he was not considering bringing the player to Arsenal.

"That was not on our mind at all, completely out of the blue," said Wenger.

"I like Woodgate as a player, but we are not after him," the Gunners boss finished.


Woodgate joined Leeds United as a youth team player back in 1996, and made his Elland Road debut for the club two years later.

His five years with the Whites was successful on the pitch, playing a pivotal role in David O'Leary's young Leeds United side that reached the Champions League semi-final in 2001.

Leeds would sell the player to Newcastle for £9 million in 2003, before Real Madrid came calling the following year for a fee in the region of £13.5 million.

However, injury problems prevented Woodgate from shining on a regular basis at the Santiago Bernabeu and he would sign for Middlesbrough after an initial season-long loan at the club. Spurs would sign the player for £7 million in 2008, the most recent move for the injury-prone centre half.

Arsenal have been linked with a number of defenders in the current transfer window, with Wenger admitting the club needed to strengthen in the position at the start of the month.

However, the Frenchman has revealed they are not close to bringing anyone to the Emirates at the current time, and the former Leeds man is definitely not on the radar.

With only a week left in the window, Wenger will have to work fast in the market if he is to secure further cover for Thomas Vermaelen and Sebastien Squillaci at Arsenal.

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