Arsene Wenger has outright dismissed any interest in signing Mario Balotelli.
The Italian striker has been linked with the Gunners considerably over the last few weeks, with all kinds of vague quotes from his agent fueling the fire.
However, speaking to beIN Sport last night, the Arsenal manager denied the AC Milan man was on his summer shopping list. Asked by Ruud Gullit if he was a player he was hoping to add to the Arsenal squad, Wenger said, “No. No, that’s pure invention. We cannot believe absolutely everything that is on internet or is in newspapers.
“Sometimes it’s created by agents or by press who needs news. But in that case, it’s not true.”
The link has always seemed somewhat dubious to us. Indeed, it feels more like he’s just the name that has been picked because of the lack of any other suitable candidates on the market right now.
And considering the paucity of his World Cup performances, perhaps it’s not a bad thing that our sights are aimed elsewhere.
There are those that will remind us that Wenger has often dismissed interest in a player before signing him (Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla for example), but what’s overlooked is that far more often he’s said he’s not going to sign a player and been speaking the absolute truth.
Arseblog News reckons this is one of those times.
Thanks to Will for the Wenger quote.