Despite widespread reports to the contrary, Arsene Wenger insists that Arsenal “were never in” for Wilfried Zaha.
Crystal Palace continue to publicly insist that young winger Zaha is not for sale. But it is generally believed that Zaha will be owned by Manchester United by the time the January transfer window slams shut.
Arsenal may not spend as lavishly as United do, but the London club still likes to consider itself in the same stratosphere as the 19-time English champions.
But they were unable to stop their talismanic former skipper, Robin van Persie, from ditching them for the Red Devils.
And so there may be some more wounded pride informing Wenger’s adamant assertion that Arsenal never bid for Zaha.
"If Zaha goes to Man Utd, good luck to him," Wenger told a press conference on Tuesday.
"We were never in for him. Never."
Wenger does still want to sign as many as two more players for Arsenal during the transfer window, and he has reportedly considered a trio of his compatriots, Yann M'Vila, Yoann Gourcuff and Etienne Capoue.
But the grey haired water bottle kicker refuses to reveal just who he has his eye on.
"I will not give you any names,” Wenger said.
“We are working very hard. It's not the number of players that counts, but the quality."