TRANSFER DEADLINE PREVIEW: Arsenal ready for big change

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has hinted that his side may face a major re-shuffle in the new year, with the likes of Andrey Arshavin and Marouane Chamakh seemingly being deemed surplus to requirement at the club, after a string of disappointing performances for the Gunners.

Arshavin seems the most likely player to leave the club first, after dropping below Yossi Benayoun and Tomas Rosicky in the first team pecking order.

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Thierry Henry’s loan move from New York Red Bulls has not been fully rubber-stamped and Wenger is trying to keep a lid on transfer talk.

“There is no story and if we sign anybody we will inform you,” he said. “If you want to write a story I cannot stop you.

“I am 15 years in England and I never told before I signed somebody the name of who I would sign. If we sign anybody we will inform you, I cannot tell you much more.”

Arsenal are also said to be keen on German international Lukas Podolski, but could wait until the summer to land the in-form star.

And after being heavily linked with a loan move for Lyon’s highly-rated playmaker Yoann Gourcuff, Arsene Wenger boss has played down the chances of the Frenchman joining the club.

Wenger told L’Equipe: “No. In midfield I have Wilshere and Diaby, who will be back, and that would mean a lot of players.”

Possible Ins: Thierry Henry (New York Red Bulls -loan); Lukas Podolski (FC Koln - £10million); Yoann Gourcuff (Lyon - £10million)

Possible Outs: Andrey Arshavin; Marouane Chamakh; Sebastien Squillaci