Wenger: Sahin deal 'not alive'

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger may still have deals to do before the transfer window closes next Friday. Photo: PA

Arsene Wenger maintains Arsenal will only move for a "special player" in the closing days of the transfer window.

The Gunners sold former captain Robin van Persie to Manchester United and last week saw defensive midfielder Alex Song move to Barcelona, bringing in the best part of £40million.

Wenger is expected to add some more fresh faces after the summer arrivals of Spain midfielder Santi Cazorla, who impressed on his debut, German striker Lukas Podolski and France forward Olivier Giroud.

A season-long loan deal for Real Madrid's Turkey international Nuri Sahin is "not alive", according to the Arsenal manager, who has also been linked with Sevilla winger Jesus Navas and Rennes' £17million-rated midfielder Yann M'Vila.

However, Wenger insists if the club move again in the market, it will have to be for the right man.

"We will only take players who have something special," said the Arsenal manager, who takes his side to Stoke on Sunday.

"We are still in the market in some positions, but overall we believe we have a very strong squad.

"We have a good mixture because we have experienced players in midfield like [Mikel] Arteta and [Santi] Cazorla, like [Tomas] Rosicky, and some young very promising players like [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain, [Aaron] Ramsey, [Francis] Coquelin, [Jack] Wilshere and one or two in between age wise like [Abou] Diaby, who is coming back. We believe we have a good mixture."

Liverpool is another possible destination for Sahin, who has been on the edges of the Madrid side.

When asked about whether Arsenal would push a move through, Wenger said: "At the moment, it is not alive. Can you be not alive and not dead? It is possible."

As well as looking for reinforcements, Wenger accepts some of his own fringe players can leave - such as Denmark striker Nicklas Bendtner.

"We have some players who can go out," he said.

"I have a clear idea of what I want to do, if it happens, it happens."

Wenger rejected suggestions Arsenal were no longer an attractive destination.

"We have more problems to say no than get a yes. 99% of the time it is because we don't want it or the financial positions are not what we want them to be," said the Gunners boss.

"You would be surprised at the people who want to join us. Why? Because we are top of the European game.

"We have one quality at this club. We are brave. It is not because you push us to do something that we do it.

"Secondly, we sit down and anticipate the problems we face.

"We took the decisions, now we have to show they are the right ones. That is what is at stake."

Wenger insists Arsenal did not sell Song because of a bad attitude from the player.

"He wanted to go and we had the players in place who can replace him," said the Gunners boss.

Arsenal are hoping to tie-up England forward Theo Walcott on a contract extension.

"We try to sort it out, and we will try to sort it out one way or the other," said Wenger.

"We want to extend his contract, and to keep him at the club. His desire is also right, he wants to stay and we need to find an agreement."

Arsenal opened up the new Barclays Premier League campaign with a frustrating goalless home draw against Sunderland.

The Gunners head to Stoke this weekend, and Wenger knows just what reception to expect.

"They are teams who have experience of the Premier League who know how to make life difficult for you, who have specific style that is always difficult to face," he said.

"They are a team who defends very well, and their football is based on efficiency and that always demands a great concentration level."

Wenger, meanwhile, revealed he had spoken to defender Andre Santos following his arrest for dangerous driving, with reports suggesting speeds of up to 130mph.

"He has apologised, he was speeding excess over the limit - but he did not try to escape the police," said Wenger.

"The charge which was retained against him was not dangerous driving, but careless driving.

"He will face the charge at the tribunal, and accept his sentence."