Arsene Wenger has played down speculation linking him with a January transfer splurge hinting that as things stand he has no formal plans to sign further recruits.
Arsenal have been linked, somewhat spuriously it must be said, with a £32 million move for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa in recent days, but despite the much-dissected need to bolster the club’s attacking options the boss refused to give the media a juicy sound bite in his pre-Chelsea press conference.
“At the moment, no,” said Wenger when asked if he’d be busy in the New Year.
“But that can change,” he clarified. Helpfully.
Arseblog News likes to think that at this point the boss lit up a cigar, dimmed the lights and played Fleet Street’s finest a delightful montage of Ju Young Park best smiles from training.
We suspect though that he just rolled his eyes at another tedious question about his relationship with Jose Mourinho.
Talking of the Portuguese, he today confirmed that Ashley ‘nearly swerved off the road’ Cole will be on the bench for Monday’s game against Arsenal and that the left-back’s decision to attend the Gunners Christmas party has had no bearing on the decision.
“I keep my opinion to myself – it was a free day for them,” said Mourinho of news the England international went on the razz with the Gunners.
“I’m not a father, I’m a manager,” said the manager who is a father of two.
“From the beginning Ashley’s not playing. But today is Friday, the game is Monday. Something can happen in between.”
Arseblog News certainly knows what it would like to happen in between, but we’ll keep our thoughts to ourselves. We don’t want a two-game ban from the FA.