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Draxler ruled out but Wenger ready to make signing
Arsene Wenger has ruled out a move for Julian Draxler in this transfer window but says he is 80% sure that Arsenal will still sign a player before the transfer window closes.
The club have been trying to tie up a deal for the attacking Schalke midfielder but hopes of a breakthrough have been diminishing and the German side said on Thursday they were confident of keeping Draxler for the rest of the campaign.
Speaking at a press conference on Friday, Wenger said Arsenal continue to remain active in the transfer market with the window set to close at 11pm and problems in midfield to solve.
Kim Kallstrom, Spartak Moscow's Swedish midfielder, has been linked with a loan move to the Emirates Stadium and had reportedly arrived in London for talks and a medical on Friday morning.
But Draxler will not be signed by Arsenal at this stage. "[The] Draxler deal is not active," Wenger said. "Anti-climax? I don't know what a climax is. There is always hope. It is superficial and artificial. Nothing is happening on that front. He will stay at Schalke."
The latest reports claim that a deal for Draxler hit an impasse over Schalke's valuation of the player as they refused to consider less than his £37 million get-out clause.
Wenger's insistence that he will not sign the 20-year-old leaves Arsenal scrambling for an alternative to help solve their midfield injury problems, although the manager is confident of reinforcing his squad.
"It is 80-20 [in favour] of us bringing someone in today," he sad. "We are open minded and active, but there will be no anti-climax from me if we don't do it.
"At the moment, we need more midfielders. We are looking at the opportunities we are looking to try and bring at least one body.
"We are a bit hit now by the red card of [Mathieu] Flamini, the setback of [Aaron] Ramsey, the fact that [Jack] Wilshere is not available. In an area where were had a lot of players, suddenly we are a bit short."
Wenger delivered the latest bulletin on his Arsenal's injury problems on Friday when he confirmed that Ramsey will be out for up to six weeks after he suffered a setback to his thigh injury.
The Frenchman suggested it was possible Ramsey could return in just four weeks but is not expecting such a quick recovery and has Flamini about to begin a four-game suspension for his red card against Southampton.