Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reveals talks are "progressing well" for exciting duo

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Arsene Wenger has played down the possibility of Arsenal making any major signings before the end of the January transfer window, but is confident that Nigerian teenagers Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze will formalise their deals shortly. 

So far, midfielder Mohamed Elneny remains the Gunners' only acquisition this window and Wenger implied it's unlikely that he will look to directly strengthen his side's title winning bid, before February 1.

At 17 and 16 respectively, neither Nwakali or Chukwueze are likely to feature for the first team anytime soon; however, Wenger was positive nonetheless that Arsenal have identified two potential talents. 


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When asked by Standard Sport, the Frenchman revealed: “Talks are progressing well. There are work permit issues. There are medical issues, because they have to make medicals. It’s progressing well.

“We identified Nwakali as the player of the tournament (at last year’s Fifa Under-17 World Cup), basically, and as a top player.

“We will see if we can manage to get it over the line during this transfer period. [If we can], we will do it. Chukwueze is [signing] as well.”

Wenger also revealed that right-back Mattheiu Debuchy may leave before Monday evening, in what is likely to be the Gunners' only transfer activity: "I have a number of people who can play right back so I open the door for him, because at the moment he does not play and he has Bellerin in front of him."

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January is a notoriously difficult time to attract top talents for the right price and aside from signing Andrey Arshavin in 2009, Wenger has always been particularly prudent mid-season.

Elneny's arrival from Basle has strengthened the Gunners's options in midfield and with several senior players still to return from injury, Wenger appears to be confident this squad can win Arsenal's first title in 12 years.

With Francis Coquelin, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky all back training with the squad, Wenger defiantly stated: "we have the quality and the players that we need up front".

Inevitably Arsenal will suffer further injuries between now and the season's end; however, with Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla also to return, the Gunners look well poised to mount a serious title bid.

Wenger's side currently sit third in the Premier League, three points behind table toppers Leicester City, but will look this weekend to continue their defence of the FA Cup, with a fourth round tie at home to Burnley.

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