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Senderos off to Milan, but no new signings on the horizon

PUBLISHED: 10:56 28 August 2008 | UPDATED: 15:21 07 September 2010

Arsene Wenger remains tight-lipped over possible new signings with the transfer window closing on September 1, writes Jem Maidment. The Arsenal manager admitted after Saturday s 1-0 loss at Fulham there was nobody on the horizon. We are not close to sign

Arsene Wenger remains tight-lipped over possible new signings with the transfer window closing on September 1, writes Jem Maidment.

The Arsenal manager admitted after Saturday's 1-0 loss at Fulham there was nobody on the horizon.

"We are not close to signing anyone," he said.

But the club continue to be linked with a central midfielder, with Aston Villa's Gareth Barry, Xavi Alonso of Liverpool and Udinese's Gokhan Inler.

The latter two, in particular, are the subject of increased speculation.

The only dealing this week has seen Philippe Senderos making a shock move to AC Milan on a season-long loan. The Switzerland defender has never really settled at Arsenal and was criticised by fans last season after a poor display in the 4-2 Champions League quarter-final defeat at Liverpool.

The intelligent, thoughtful defender, who speaks six languages, was given time off after the match.

Wenger looks to have made his mind up then he was not part of his long-term plans.

Milan have paid around £1 million for him and that will increase by a reported £6 million if they make the move permanent next summer.

"The thinking is that he [Senderos] does not get games here and this way he gets top-level games somewhere," said Wenger. "We have Kolo, Gallas, Djourou, Song and now Silvestre. We have congestion in there and we want him to play without losing him."

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