Arsene Wenger won't make signings unless Leo Messi comes calling

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At the start of the January transfer window, Arsene Wenger said he hoped to bring one or two players to Arsenal. As the deadline approaches, he has signed one, leaving room for another addition before midnight.

It is looking unlikely, however, as the Frenchman confirmed in his latest press conference that he was 99 percent certain that his business is done until at least the summer.

That is, of course, unless Leo Messi is on his way to north London right now, preparing to offer his services to Arsenal for the rest of the season. Then, Wenger might be willing to reconsider his position.


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Speaking in his pre-match press conference ahead of Arsenal's game against Southampton, he said: "It's 99 percent no. If Messi knocks on my door at 5.50pm I will not say 'please go back to Barcelona'. You never know."

Even if Messi did knock on his door, Wenger would still have to contend with the €250million release clause in his Barcelona contract, making it even more unlikely that the Argentine will be arriving at the Emirates at any time in the future, let alone the next few hours.

But, of course, Wenger was joking and simply suggesting that anything is possible on transfer deadline day, where normal rules seem to go out of the window in favour of completing last-minute deals.


While Arsenal fans hanging outside the Emirates Stadium are likely in for a quiet night for incomings, Wenger confirmed there is a possibility that some players may leave, at least on loan. Mathieu Debuchy and Serge Gnabry are those two players.

Wilshere rumours

It's nothing to do with transfers, but reports over the weekend had suggested that Jack Wilshere had suffered another setback from his fractured leg and was set to be out until mid-March. Wenger confirmed that those rumours are wide of the mark and he remains around four weeks from a return to action.

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