Wenger talks Dimitri Payet at Arsenal press conference

Date published: Thursday 19th January 2017 9:41

Arsene Wenger: Has Arsenal future?

Arsene Wenger has admitted he “rates” Dimitri Payet, but played down speculation that he may be a transfer target for Arsenal this month.

Speaking at his London Colney press call on Thursday, Wenger was asked about the possibility of unhappy West Ham playmaker Payet arriving at The Emirates.

Wenger though was quick to cool the talk and admitted the remainder of the window would be “quiet”.

Wenger said: “We are in a moment of truth now. January until May.

“I expect it to be a very quiet period. We are very strong. We have many, many players who can come in,” said Wenger on the January window.

“I rate (Dimitri) Payet but I don’t need Payet because we have so many creative players. We have many players who can play in this position.”

Meanwhile, the Gunners boss, who is preparing his side to face Burnley at home on Sunday, also revealed  Carl Jenkinson was edging closer to a move to  Crystal Palace.

“Jenkinson is a possibility to go to Palace but it is not finalised.

“It is down to him to find an agreement with them,” said Wenger.

Wenger also gave an update on the injury situation at Colney and confirmed that Hecor Bellerin, Francis Coquelin and Kieran Gibbs are all back in the fold to face the Clarets.

“Bellerin, Coquelin and Gibbs are back in the group. Not Walcott though and there are no injuries from last week. Olivier Giroud is in training,” added Wenger.

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