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Wenger says Arsenal are 'not close' to Sahin signing

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has played down reports linking the club with Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin.

Sahin, 23, was the focus of reports in Spanish newspapers AS and Marca, with the latter suggesting Arsenal had struck a deal to take him on loan for the 2012-13 season.

Wenger, though, has denied the claims and insists the club is not close to securing any new recruits. The Arsenal boss recently stated the Gunners would have to sell before they can buy.

Speaking after their 2-0 defeat against Manchester City, Wenger said of Sahin: "We did not sign anybody today, this report is wrong. We are not signing anybody at the moment - we are not close. In the future you never know."

Once more, Wenger faced questions on the future of striker Robin Van Persie, who has been the subject of a confirmed bid from Manchester United, as well as offers believed to be from Manchester City and Juventus.

Wenger was giving little away, adding: " We could come back forever on Van Persie. We have our main strikers at home and Van Persie is one of them.

"But we have Podolski and Giroud who are at home, so we have plenty of strikers. For us at the moment it is to prepare for the season - it is more than any individual player."

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