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Wenger no closer to new signings

Arsene Wenger
Wenger's squad is desperately short of experience in midfield

Boss Arsene Wenger says there are no new Arsenal signings on the horizon, as the transfer deadline approaches.

Despite having been linked with Aston Villa's Gareth Barry and Xabi Alonso of Liverpool, Wenger told BBC Sport: "We are not close to signing anybody."

But Cesc Fabregas feels the addition of Alonso would be important for his side.

"He is my friend and apart from that he is a great passer of the ball, he works hard defensively, he's experienced and he is only 26", the Spaniard said.

"For me he would be perfect. I'd love it."

The transfer window shuts on 1 September and Wenger has had to contend with the midfield departures of Mathieu Flamini, Gilberto Silva and Alexander Hleb, while Samir Nasri, Aaron Ramsey and Amaury Bischoff have been brought in.


But Arsenal were forced to field winger Emmanuel Eboue in central midfield alongside Denilson in the 1-0 defeat at Fulham on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Nasri and 19-year-old Theo Walcott occupied the wings but were both off colour in the surprise loss at Craven Cottage.

And Fabregas, 21, currently ruled out of action with injury, is keen to make sure the squad is challenging for honours this season.

He said: "This club has something special that no others have. We have to take care of it.

"I have a lot of friends in Spain and Italy and when they speak about other clubs I know I am privileged to be where I am.

"I don't want to lose it. I want to win things for the club. I want to get experience here. I want to play for Arsenal.

When you see football all around the world, you see very few teams who play the way that we play.

Cesc Fabregas

"When you see football all around the world, you see very few teams who play the way that we play.

"I just enjoy it. I feel it is my home now."

Fabregas also confessed his desire to one day captain the club.

"I would love it," he continued.

"I am happy with everything, my number four, playing for Arsenal in centre midfield and giving 100% every game.

"But if the boss thinks in one or two years I am ready to be captain, I will take the armband."

see also
Fulham 1-0 Arsenal
23 Aug 08 |  Premier League
Adebayor signs new Arsenal deal
18 Aug 08 |  Arsenal
Wenger targeting new midfielder
23 Jul 08 |  Arsenal
Flamini seals switch to AC Milan
05 May 08 |  Arsenal
Gilberto moves to Panathinaikos
17 Jul 08 |  Arsenal
Arsenal sign Man Utd's Silvestre
20 Aug 08 |  Arsenal
Ramsey completes Arsenal switch
13 Jun 08 |  Arsenal
Nasri completes move to Arsenal
11 Jul 08 |  Arsenal
Arsenal sign midfielder Bischoff
31 Jul 08 |  Arsenal
Arsenal's waiting game
15 Aug 08 |  Arsenal

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