Arsenal not looking to add to squad, says Arsene Wenger
By Allan Valente
Last Updated: 29/01/16 3:13pm
Arsene Wenger does not expect to add to his Arsenal squad in January but says Mathieu Debuchy could still leave the club.
The full-back has been linked with a move away from the Emirates, possibly to join his compatriot Remi Garde at Aston Villa while Sunderland are also thought to be keen.
Arsenal host Sky Bet Championship side Burnley in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday but before then Wenger admitted he does not know where the Frenchman will go next and said he was not planning on adding to his squad.
Asked if any more players could arrive before the window closes, Wenger said: "No, not at the moment.
"We have 23 players in training - and plus two is 25 - so unless people go out we are not on the verge of bringing anybody in.
"Mathieu Debuchy might go somewhere but I don't know where at the moment. Of course that decision has to be made very quickly now because it is only 48 hours to go.
"He has much interest but I have a number of people who can play right back so I opened the door for him because at the moment he doesn't play and has [Hector] Bellerin in front."
Wenger may not add to his squad before Monday's deadline but confirmed he is considering handing new signing Mohamed Elneny his Arsenal debut against Burnley.
The Gunners boss also said David Ospina will start in goal with Petr Cech on the bench for the visit of Sean Dyche's side.
"It's a possibility that I have a look at him [Elneny] tomorrow. He's a naturally box-to-box player and maybe a bit more defensive minded than the usual box-to-box player so he can play in both positions - a bit more defensive in front of the defence or really box-to-box.
"He has good technique, good vision, quick decision making and he's very mobile and agile."
Wenger also brushed off questions regarding his own future at Arsenal, with his contract set to expire in 18 months, saying he does not see himself managing elsewhere.
"I am completely focused on doing well and give everything until the end of the season and then go for the next season hopefully," he said.
"I don't imagine at this moment to manage anywhere else. Will I stop working once I stop managing at a competitive level? No, I will always try to work if I have health and try to be useful.
"Maybe it will be a different level. It could be managing kids or developing young players but I will not run for FIFA."