It feels like the transfer window only just closed but with five weeks to go until it opens again, the rumour mill is cranking into gear.
Ahead of Thursday’s Europa League clash with Molde, Mikel Arteta was asked whether there was any truth in the links with a couple of Scandinavians.
In the last week, the press has speculated about Arsenal interest in Sheffield United’s 22-year-old Norway international Sander Berge – who once played for Gunners assistant coach Albert Stuivenberg at Belgian side Genk – and Christian Eriksen, the Dane who switched from Spurs to Inter Milan last January.
As you might expect, the boss wasn’t giving anything away.
On suggestions we might try and lure Berge south in January, a player we were linked with in 2017, Arteta said: “That’s probably why [there are links] because Albert knows him really well. He’s a player he liked but we haven’t shown any interest in the player. He’s a Sheffield United player and we haven’t done anything at all.”
As for Eriksen, who has made it clear he’s not happy with his lack of game time under Antonio Conte at the San Siro, he added: “There are a lot of players out there that could improve any team. But obviously, we are not going to discuss any individuals.”
Arteta was also asked if former teammate Jack Wilshere, a free agent after he and West Ham agreed to terminate his contract at the London Stadium, might be of interest.
“We haven’t analysed that situation,” said the boss. “What I can tell you about Jack is what I’ve said in the past, as a player, as a teammate and as a person I rate him really really highly.
“Unfortunately, at the moment we haven’t looked at that. We are focused on the players we have and we’re trying to do the best we can with them.”