Wenger denies Ox & Deeney talk; provides Elneny update

Date published: Friday 8th January 2016 9:56

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Not a Chelsea target

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain: Not a Chelsea target

Arsene Wenger has scoffed at transfer speculation linking Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a move to Chelsea.

The Arsenal midfielder was on Friday linked to their capital rivals in The Sun, who claimed the Blues would move for the England man to replace Real Madrid-bound Eden Hazard.

But Wenger at his press conference on Friday rebuffed the talk and when asked whether Oxlade-Chamberlain going to Chelsea was rubbish, he replied: “Yes.”

Wenger was also asked whether the link to Watford striker Troy Deeney was also rubbish: “Yes,” added Wenger.

The Gunners boss also played down talk of a loan recall for Serge Gnabry. The 20-year-old full-back is on loan at West Brom for the season, but his chances have been limited at The Hawthorns.

The German youngster has played just 12 minutes of Premier League football and that was in August, prompting talk his deal could be cut short, but Wenger said no arrangement had been made.

“He’s on loan at West Brom. It’s a year long loan. We have a commitment,” said Wenger.

“The player wanted to go there. If they want to cancel the loan they have to contact us and speak to us.”

Meanwhile, Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny has still not signed on the dotted line for the Gunners, but Wenger says he hopes to wrap up a deal for the 23-year-old Basel star this week.

“It’s complicated a little bit but we work hard on it. I hope in the next 2-3 days we get to the end of it,” added Wenger.

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