Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is confident he can add at least one more signing before the transfer window slams shut on Sept. 1.
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The Gunners have had a mixed start to the season and have four points from their opening three matches of the new campaign and speaking ahead of their game at Newcastle on Saturday (watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra), Wenger is hopeful he can bring in some new faces.
With many calling for Wenger to add a new striker and defensive midfielder to his ranks, these words may be encouraging for Arsenal’s fans as many believe the North London club are just a few pieces away from seriously challenging for the title.
“I am always confident that a last minute situation or solution is available because the transfer market is especially moving in the last four to five days,” Wenger said. “But at the moment I cannot promise you that. We work very hard, I have a team around me who works day and night to find solutions. At the moment we are not close to signing anybody.”
Wenger was then asked about the transfer window shutting earlier this year, 1 p.m. ET compared to 7 p.m. ET on Deadline Day in the past. Is that a bad thing and will the European window shutting the day before the British transfer window make a difference?
“Maybe yes, before you had until midnight. It was a little bit easier because of the negotiations but people adapt to the timing,” Wenger added. “The implication [of the window shutting earlier in Europe] is that the last day we will be the only ones on the market and not face any competition with the others. I am not saying anymore.”
Understandably, Wenger is keeping his cards close to his chest as a pivotal point in negotiations and any potential transfer deals approaches. With Karim Benzema seemingly ruling out a move to the Emirates after declaring his happiness at Real Madrid, reports suggest Edinson Cavani and Aleksandr Kokorin could both make a late move to the Gunners.
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