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Wenger doubts Arshavin talk
27 Jan 2009 - 15:00:14
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has denied that Russia ace Andrei Arshavin is on the verge of completing his transfer to the Emirates Stadium.
On Monday evening the 27-year-old midfielder's current club, Zenit St Petersburg, issued a statement suggesting the deal was on the verge of being finalised, but Wenger insists that is not the case.
The Frenchman said: "There is no news about Andrei Arshavin or about anybody else. That is why I cannot give you anything. At the moment it is all quiet."
When asked whether a transfer fee for Arshavin had been agreed, Wenger added: "That is not true. I believe that we are not close to concluding any transfer, Arshavin or anybody else.
"I don't know if it will happen frankly. Time is getting short and at the moment I am more focused to win the game against Everton.
"We know we are in front of a big game and the most important thing is to focus on that.
"I am only responsible for the statements we make and I cannot be responsible for the statements that other clubs make.
"Zenit look to have different voices coming out of the club and I'm not sure if it is always the official voice. I believe what I see and what I hear directly."