Arsenal not in talks with Alvaro Morata... or any Real Madrid players, says Wenger

11:09 10 January 2014

Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Alvaro Morata of Real Madrid. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

2013 Getty Images

Arsene Wenger has denied that Arsenal are in transfer talks to sign Alvaro Morata – or any Real Madrid players.

The Gunners, Tottenham and Liverpool have all been linked with the striker during this January window after the 21-year-old suggested he could leave the La Liga giants if he wasn’t given a “relevant role in the team”.

But today, ahead of Monday’s Premier League clash at Aston Villa, Wenger scotched rumours that the north Londoners are, as yet, in talks to sign anyone.

“We are not in talks with Real about anybody,” the Arsenal boss said.

Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has also denied that he is looking to offload the Spanish striker, saying: “Morata will stay. He hasn’t asked to leave, either.”

Monday’s news that Arsenal striker Theo Walcott will miss the rest of the season and the World Cup - after suffering a anterior cruciate knee ligament injury in the weekend’s 2-0 FA Cup third round win over Tottenham - has increased Wenger’s need for a new striker.

But he admits it will be “very difficult” to bring in new signings this month.

“[Walcott’s injury] has accelerated [transfer] speculation first and of course my desire as well - but let’s not forget about Serge Gnabry who can play in the first team,” Wenger added.

“We have Oxlade-Chamberlain back and we have many other players who can play on the flanks so to find better solutions than what we have internally will not be easy.

“Up front we lose Theo as a potential central forward and that’s maybe where we have to look outside, but we hopefully have [Nicklas] Bendtner back in three weeks.

“We are there for the opportunities, but it is very difficult at the moment.”

The Arsenal boss addded: “The transfer market is a distraction that for me is not welcome.

“I think it would be much better that there is no transfer market at all in January and the team starts and finishes with the same players would be fair unless you have big injuries.

“For the rest what is important is that we focus on the quality of our performances because it’s a period that is very sensitive at the moment and every game is now a massive game.”

Related articles


Latest Sport Stories

45 minutes ago
Highgate Harriers' Andy Maud. Pic: Dieter Perry

Andy Maud stole the show in only his second appearance for Highgate Harriers on Saturday, recording the best time of all the club runners at the National Six Stage Road Relays.

David Cooper (left, on the floor) celebrates his opening goal for Hampstead & Westminster. Pic: Mark Clews

Hampstead & Westminster’s ladies were unable to maintain their perfect start to the season as they suffered their first defeat in the National League – but the men’s team earned a second successive victory in the Premier Division.

Tottenham left-back Ben Davies (centre) in action for Wales

Tottenham’s Ben Davies says the Wales national team are relishing their opportunity to emulate their rugby counterparts by making their nation proud and having an impact on the world stage as they stand on the verge of qualification for Euro 2016.

Dan Dimoline scored Hampstead's first two tries and kicked three conversions. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Hampstead ended Old Haberdashers’ long winning run on Saturday, securing an impressive 26-12 home win and a bonus point as they leapfrogged their visitors and climbed to sixth place in the London North-West Division Two table.

Hendon manager Gary McCann. Pic: Steffan Bowen

Hendon manager Gary McCann says his side need to improve their “powers of recovery” when they are trailing after they suffered a second successive league defeat on Saturday.

Fly-half Nick Gourlay kicked 14 of UCS Old Boys' 19 points and set up their only try. Pic: Nick Cook

UCS Old Boys bounced back from their humbling against league leaders London Welsh Amateurs by coming from behind to secure a 19-15 home win over Cheshunt, earning a second victory from their opening three games in Herts/Middlesex Division One.

Yesterday, 15:03
Cian Hynes scored 22 of Hendon's 67 points against Old Isleworthians. Pic: Paolo Minoli

Captain Cian Hynes says Hendon have announced themselves as “the team to beat” this season after another emphatic victory took them to the top of the fledgling Herts/Middlesex Two table.

Mon, 13:10
Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game against Manchester United

What we predicted

Most read sport

Property Newsletter Sign-up

Get the latest North London property news and features straight to your inbox with our regular newsletter

I am also happy to receive other emails...
Fields marked with a * are mandatory
Email Marketing by e-shot


You could be splashing the cash at Topshop!

Just imagine what you could do with £1,000 to spend at Topshop.

You won't need to fork out for groceries for a while!

Asda, one of the country’s leading supermarkets, prides itself in being one of the cheapest places to shop, so you can be sure that your money will go a long way here!

Digital Edition

Read the Hampstead & Highgate Express e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder