There are reports all over the papers today, declaring that the Arsenal manager has categorically stated that he will not be signing the Senegalese striker Demba Ba from Newcastle United in the January transfer window, but his words have been twisted a little.
Wenger was speaking prior to the game against Newcastle at the Emirates tomorrow, and he did not want to go into the possible transfer of one of the players of the team we are about to face.
“I like Bemba Ba, yes. I don’t think this is the right place to speak about that, because he plays against us tomorrow.
“I wouldn’t like to put Newcastle or us or him, in an uncomfortable position. If you ask me, `do we sign Ba`? I say no.”
It is clear that Ba is still in Wenger’s thoughts, but there are others such as David Villa, Adrian Lopez and Fernando Llorente for him to consider. He may be talking to all of these and their clubs before he knows which way he is going to go. It could depend on other teams who are interested in the same players.
Newcastle are already looking at a replacement for their top scorer, because his release clause is only £7.5 million and is sure to be activated in January. Ba has already indicated that a move to Arsenal would be a `dream`, so there is a very good chance that he will become a Gunner in January.