Arsene Wenger says any further signings before the transfer deadline are unlikely, but that you can never say never if something exceptional presents itself.
Speaking at his press conference today, the Arsenal manager said he was a bit surprised at how quiet the window had been, but pointed to the capture of Mohamed Elneny as evidence of his involvement in the business done so far.
“The whole period was much quieter than I expected,” he said. “The fact that we are all here means it is still quiet.
“I told you we’d do at least one transfer. I would have been open to do one more, but there’s rarity on the market at the moment.”
And when asked if he envisaged any further arrivals, he said, “At the moment it’s 99% no, but if Messi knocks on my door at ten to six I won’t tell him to go back to Barcelona!”
As for departures, Wenger confirmed that Mathieu Debuchy could leave on loan to another Premier League club, while the club have yet to decide the destination for Serge Gnabry.
The young German will be going on loan to the Championship, and a decision has to be made today between two interested clubs.