Arsenal not interested in Zaha, says Wenger

LONDON Tue Jan 22, 2013 7:29pm IST

England's Wilfried Zaha warms up during a training session at the Friends Arena in Stockholm November 13, 2012. England are set to play Sweden in an international friendly soccer match on Wednesday. REUTERS/Phil Noble/Files

England's Wilfried Zaha warms up during a training session at the Friends Arena in Stockholm November 13, 2012. England are set to play Sweden in an international friendly soccer match on Wednesday.

Credit: Reuters/Phil Noble/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - Arsenal are not interested in buying Crystal Palace and England forward Wilfried Zaha though they do want to sign players during the January transfer window, manager Arsene Wenger said on Tuesday.

Zaha, 20, made his England debut in a friendly with Sweden in November despite playing for second-tier English side Palace and reports have linked him with Manchester United and Arsenal.

"I don't know if he will go to Man United. If he goes to Man United, good luck to him. We were never in for Zaha, never," Wenger told a news conference ahead of Wednesday's rearranged Premier League home game with West Ham United.

"We look only for players, not numbers but quality," added the Frenchman, who was coy about a move for compatriot and Olympique Lyon playmaker Yoann Gourcuff.

"I don't give you any names. It would put Lyon in a bad position and the player as well; you have to respect the player has a contract."

Wenger, whose side are sixth in the Premier League and desperate to make the fourth Champions League spot, also spoke glowingly about West Ham midfielder Mohamed Diame but would not be drawn about possible interest.

Back-to-back league defeats by Manchester City and Chelsea prompted tabloid stories of Wenger holding showdown talks with his squad, which did not impress the manager.

"You do not have to come into our sleeping room to know what happens," he said.

"It becomes a little bit ridiculous that every single bit of the football club now has to be public and explained."

(Writing by Mark Meadows; Editing by Clare Fallon)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

COMMONWEALTH GAMES

SPORTS SHOWCASE

India vs England

India vs England

Moeen puts India in a spin as England level series.  Full Article 

Under the Hammer

Under the Hammer

Muhammad Ali's 'Fight of the Century' gloves up for auction.  Full Article 

Okagbare 'Blessed'

Okagbare 'Blessed'

Nigerian Okagbare blessed after romping to 200 metres gold.  Full Article | Related Story 

Golf Wrap

Golf Wrap

Golf - Leishman takes early control at Firestone.  Full Article | Related Story 

Switching Clubs

Switching Clubs

Arsenal's Jenkinson joins West Ham on season-long loan.  Full Article 

Rudisha Shocked

Rudisha Shocked

Commonwealth Games - Amos wins 800 m gold.  Full Article 

Villa in NY

Villa in NY

Spanish striker Villa vows to add to legacy in New York.  Full Article