Mikel Arteta has rejected suggestions that Eddie Nketiah could leave the club in January.
Last week, the Evening Standard claimed that the England under-21 international had been lined up by West Ham United as a possible replacement for Sebastien Haller.
When asked in Monday’s press conference if there was any truth in the rumour, the boss emphatically replied, “No.”
While Arsenal have been successful in shifting three players out of the club in the last week – Matt Macey, Sead Kolasinac and William Saliba – and could soon wave goodbye to Mesut Ozil and Sokratis, there have been remarkably few stories linking the Gunners with new recruits.
Norwich City midfielder Emi Buendia and regular Arsenal tormentor Diego Costa, who has been released by Atletico Madrid, have been mentioned in passing but there doesn’t seem to be much meat on the bones in either case.
“We get linked with players that we haven’t even discussed so I’m not going to go name by name,” said Arteta when pressed on those two.
As things stand, Arsenal have enough room to include Gabriel Martinelli in the Europa League squad but that’s it. More players need to go before others can arrive.
What we certainly don’t want is players sent on loan coming back prematurely. While Lucas Torreira is thought to be unhappy in Madrid due to a lack of game time under Diego Simeone’s table-topping Atletico, the boss is hopeful the Uruguayan will stick things out.
“I have had some conversations with Lucas,” he admitted. “He started the loan period really well but now he is lacking game time.
“It can happen, the team is doing exceptionally well, they are first in La Liga and when a team is winning it is difficult to get into the starting line up.
“It is a long season, I know Lucas’ character, he is going to try to keep going and keep pushing too let’s see what will happen.”
Should Atletico decide they definitely aren’t going to play Torreira, it sounds as though Fiorentina are waiting in the wings.
The Italian side were keen on a deal for the player in the summer and are thought to be sniffing around again.