Arsene Wenger is 99 per cent sure Arsenal will not make a deadline-day signing – but at least two players could leave on loan.
Arsenal signed Mohamed Elneny from Basel earlier this month but are not expected to make any further additions to their squad, though Wenger admitted you could never rule out the prospect altogether.
Speaking at his press conference ahead of the Gunners’ Premier League game against Southampton at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, Wenger said: “The whole period was much quieter than I anticipated, the fact I’m here now shows we’ll still be quiet.”
Asked whether it was 100 per cent certain he would not make another signing, he added: “Well, 100 per cent is difficult to say, 99 per cent yes.
“But you know always anything can happen. Somebody can knock at your door. If Lionel Messi knocks at my door at ten to six tonight I will not say please go back to Barcelona…”
While Arsenal are unlikely to add to their squad, Mathieu Debuchy could leave the club before the day out, with Aston Villa among the clubs interested in the France full-back.
However, Wenger said even that move is not currently on the verge of happening, adding that any deal would now have to be a loan.
“At the moment it doesn’t look like it, but it’s a possibility,” he said when asked about a move for Debuchy.
“It’s now impossible to conclude a permanent move.”
Wenger did confirm, however, that Serge Gnabry is set to join a Championship club on loan.
“I know it is between two clubs but I don’t want to confirm anything too early,” Wenger said. “I want to give him some competition like we did last year with Francis Coquelin and if possible call him back.”