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Wenger dismisses Vucinic rumours; Thomas Ince to stay at Blackpool

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed speculation linking the English Premier League leaders with a January move for Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed speculation linking the English Premier League leaders with a January move for Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic.

The Gunners are in desperate need of strike reinforcements following the loss of Theo Walcott to a season-ending knee injury.

Nicklas Bendtner’s ankle problem is not as bad as originally feared but Wenger is still looking to bring in another striker before 1 February.

The likes of Park Chu-Young and summer signing Yaya Sanogo have combined for just two substitute appearances for the North Londoners this season, with France international Olivier Giroud doing the majority of the heavy lifting up front.

“We are looking at potential possibilities for us to get someone in, but we are not especially in for Vucinic,” said Wenger after the Gunners’ 2-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.

“Some people have visual capacities that I don’t have.

“We are not on any special case.

“I would love to announce something that would excite you and me, but I don’t have the possibility to do it.”

Arsenal (16-3-3) — priced at 7/2 to win the league title — are leading the Premier League with 51 points from 22 games.

“We have played 22 games and have 51 points. If you compare that to any other season you will see that it is one of the best, if not the best ever, so let’s just continue,” added Wenger.

“We have a good solidarity in the group and we rotate a bit and sometimes great players are on the bench.

“You want me to buy more players, but if they sit on the bench you ask me why.”

Much like Manchester United last term, a number of players have scored for Arsenal this season. Thirteen to be exact, seven of whom have bagged three or more goals.

Similarly, five Arsenal players — Mesut Özil (7), Aaron Ramsey (6), Jack Wilshere (5) Olivier Giroud (5) and Theo Walcott (4) — have four or more assists. Teamwork.

Thomas Ince to stay at Blackpool

Blackpool manager Paul Ince has revealed his son Thomas will not leave Bloomfield Road in the January transfer window.

The England youth international, 21, has been linked with a move away from Lancashire on several occasions over the past few months, with Ligue 1 moneybags AS Monaco in pole position to sign the highly-rated winger in the summer.

Additionally, a host of Premier League clubs, including former employers Liverpool and Swansea City, are keen on luring Ince to England’s top-flight this month but that proposition seems increasingly unlikely.

“Thomas loves playing for this club and loves the fans,” Paul Ince told the Blackpool Gazette.

“It’s only natural he will move on eventually, but that will not be in this window.

“He wants to help the players and fans stay in this league.”

Ince, whose current contract at Bloomfield Road expires at the end of the season, has tallied seven goals and five assists in 23 league appearances for the Seasiders this season.

Sat 18 January, 2014
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