With his team rigorously preparing for the continuation of the current Premier League season, Arsenal team manager Arsene Wenger clarified several issues surrounding the club, including speculations of him being close to signing Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling.
“Look, I do not want to speak about any moves,” the outspoken Wenger stressed during the pre-match conference for their Saturday match against the Reds. “We are not in a transfer window and we are in front of a big game. I respect Liverpool and do not want to go into any supposed move for any of their players.”
“Raheem Sterling is a top player. Everybody knows that in the country now. He is an important player for Liverpool. I don’t want to interfere in that 48 hours before a match,” he adds. ”That is down to Liverpool. It’s not my problem.”
On the other hand, Wenger denied another player bid rumor, that of them getting Palermo forward Paulo Dybala. “Not at all,” the 65-year od manager said when asked the question. Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini said earlier this week that Arsenal was one of the teams that have made bids for Dybala. “Ask him to show you the offer,” Wenger said of Zamparini’s statement.
Going from transfer talks, Wenger also talked about the status of midfielder Abou Diaby. “I had a chat with him and told him how I can envisage the future,” he said of the midfielder.
“He has to make a decision. Of course, he understands completely that he has to perform and to how that he can present in a consistent way. I will see where we go from there,”
Diaby’s time with the Gunners s been marked mostly by injuries, getting just two first team appearances. However, the 28-year old midfielder has already suited up for last Tuesday’s friendly match and is expected to return to full action in the last few weeks of the season.