Wenger challenges Triaud
Arsene Wenger has refuted claims from Jean-Louis Triaud that he has unsettled Marouane Chamakh.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 24/09/09 5:10pm
Arsene Wenger has refuted claims from Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud that he has unsettled Marouane Chamakh.
The Arsenal boss has challenged the Girondins supremo to meet with him face-to-face to explain his comments.
Wenger made no secret of his admiration for Chamakh over the summer, leading to reports that the Moroccan ace could be on his way to Emirates Stadium.
However, no offer materialised, from any of the supposedly interested parties, and the 25-year-old remains in France.
He had hinted that he would be willing to secure a move elsewhere at the height of the speculation surrounding his future and Triaud has insinuated that Arsenal's interest has seen him take his eye off the ball.
Wenger said: "The communication between the president of Bordeaux and myself is very clear - I kept him informed on everything that happened.
"If he is ready to make a comment, I'm ready to sit down with him here and to explain to you what he said. Then I will answer eye to eye.
"I don't agree at all. It's very difficult for me to understand any statement of that kind from him. I'm ready to make a press conference with him if you want.
"I'm not angry because I look in the mirror and know what I did - I don't need any special comment.
"We can sit down here with the player and the president of Bordeaux and have an explanation. You will see what I did. I'm sure the president of Bordeaux will agree with what I say."
Wenger remains a fan of Chamakh's talents, despite the dispute he has caused, but insists he has done nothing wrong in regards to his courting of the striker.
"Not at all (it does not affect my thinking). The boy is fantastic," he added.
"I have made nearly 200 transfers and that means nearly 400 have not happened. That is part of any deal. It's not because they are under pressure in Bordeaux that we have to explain everything that happens.
"I feel it is very important to keep confidentiality with everything that happens. I have never seen a story like that where something is in the newspapers every day because they talk.
"You talk when you sign the player. All the rest is the procedure of any transfer."