Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed that his side won’t be singing any new players on the deadline day but at least two players – Serge Gnabry and Mathieu Debuchy – could leave on loan.
The Gunners have only managed to sign Mohamed Elneny from Basel earlier this month as the only major signing for first team football, and Wenger is 99 percent sure that the north London club will not be making any further additions to the squad though he admitted you could never rule out the prospect altogether should exceptional players suddenly become available.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of his side’s Premier League game against Southampton at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, the Frenchman said: “The whole period was much quieter than I anticipated, the fact I’m here now shows we’ll still be quiet.”
“I’m one of the few who has done more business. I told you we’d do at least one transfer, I’d have been open to one more but there’s a rarity of players on the market,” he added.
Asked if it was 100 percent certain they wouldn’t be bringing any more players, Wenger joked that if Lionel Messi turned up at his door ready to join the Gunners it would be impossible for him to turn him down.
He said: “A miracle can always happen. I’m 99 per cent sure [of no signings]. If Messi knocks at my door at ten to six, I won’t say ‘please go back to Barcelona’.”
While the north London club seems unlikely to add to their squad, Serge Gnabry and Mathieu Debuchy could both leave the Emirates Stadium, with Gnabry set for a move to the Championship and Debuchy likely to move a club in the Premier League.
Wenger said: “Debuchy is still a possibility but, at the moment, it doesn’t look like it. It’s impossible to conclude a permanent move now.”
“We have to decide today [on Gnabry]. It’s between two Championship clubs. I want to give him some competition because he didn’t play at West Brom.
“I want to give him some competition like we did last year with Francis Coquelin and if possible call him back.”