Wenger: Arsenal not in talks with Real Madrid about anybody

The Gunners manager insists that he is not negotiating for forward Alvaro Morata and would rather that there were no transfer window at all in the middle of a season

Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal are not in talks with Real Madrid over the signing of Alvaro Morata – or any other players.

The Gunners boss has been linked with a January loan move for the Spain Under-21s international, who says that he would consider quitting Los Blancos if not afforded “a relevant role”, though coach Carlo Ancelotti has no intention of letting him go.

“We are not in talks with Real about anybody,” Wenger said at a press conference on Friday when asked about transfer negotiations with Madrid.

“I do not want to speak about any specific names. The people who are in the newspapers do not help us to win the game on Monday night. That is down the players who play here.”

The Frenchman went on to restate his distate for the “distraction” of the transfer window as a whole, arguing that it would be better to limit it to the summer.

“It’s always sensitiv,e especially when other players play for Premier League clubs,” the Arsenal manager continued. “At the moment, I believe we have no shortage unless some other big injuries. That’s why it’s important just to continue to focus on our performances and our next game.

“The transfer market is a distraction that, for me, is not welcome. I think it would be much better that there is no transfer market at all in January and the team starts and finishes with the same players would be fair unless you have big injuries.

“For the rest, what is important is that we focus on the quality of our performances because it’s a period that is very sensitive at the moment and every game is now a massive game.”

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