Wenger: No move for Matuidi

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is not looking to bring St Etienne midfielder Blaise Matuidi to the club.

The 22-year-old has made more than 60 appearances in all competitions for the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard outfit since arriving from Troyes in 2007, and earned caps at both French U19 and U21 level, making 24 outings for the latter.

As a result, Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton have all been linked with moves for the midfield enforcer during the close-season.

And reports on Tuesday suggested that the Gunners were set to step up their interest in Matuidi, following an injury to captain Cesc Fabregas that could sideline him for up to a fortnight.

However, Wenger has since ruled out the possibility of the Frenchman joining the Emirates Stadium, and added that the North London outfit are not close to recruiting any new players at present.

“I deny that. The only thing I can tell you is that at the moment we are not close to signing anybody. We have still one week," he told the club's official website.

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