Arsene Wenger is eager to keep the intricacies of any deal for Andrei Arshavin out of the public eye.
Gunners boss keen to continue private negotiations
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is eager to keep the intricacies of any proposed deal for Andrei Arshavin out of the public eye for as long as possible.
The Gunners are in discussions with Zenit St Petersburg with a view to bringing their £18million-rated Russian playmaker to the Premier League.
It has been reported that the two clubs are struggling to agree a fee, but Uefa Cup holders Zenit recently announced they expected to reach a 'logical conclusion'
Arsenal have remained quiet throughout the negotiations, with most claims coming from Arshavin's agent, Dennis Lachter, and Wenger insists Emirates Stadium representatives will remain tight-lipped.
"It is in the newspapers, but not from our side. We are quiet and we know what we want to do," Wenger told Arsenal's official website
"We will keep that as quiet as possible and for as long as we can."
Wenger is keen to keep details of the negotiations private because he is well aware that publicity can backfire if a transfer does not materialise.
"It is difficult because I believe when it does not work, it can turn against them or against us," he added.
"You have to accept that in the transfer market, sometimes you go for a player and that sometimes it happens, and sometimes it doesn't happen.
"But I am very happy with the squad I have and will only add someone who can give us something special.
"Should we not get what we want, we will accept it as well because I believe we are strong enough with what we have."
Wenger is also adamant that there are no other arrivals on the immediate horizon, and the Frenchman is instead focused upon the eventual return to fitness of captain Cesc Fabregas, Theo Walcott and possibly Tomas Rosicky.
He said: "We are not close to signing anybody else, but what I see in training is a very determined team of top quality.
"Also the players coming back, like Fabregas and Walcott, there is a little chance that Rosicky will play again before the end of the season, so we have plenty of players coming back who are like new signings."