Sergio Canales? 'No!' says Wenger

15 January 2010

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refuted suggestions that the Gunners are ready to go head-to-head with Real Madrid for Racing Santander youngster Sergio Canales.

Reports in both the Spanish and British media had claimed that the north London outfit would make a January move for a player dubbed the ‘next Cesc Fabregas.’ 18-year-old Canales has been an important part of the Racing set up this season, putting in several influential performances, including a recent impressive brace against Sevilla which alerted several clubs to his development.

Asked about a move for Canales in his weekly press conference ahead of Arsenal’s away fixture with Bolton Wanderers, Wenger stated emphatically that he had 'no,' interest in the player.

Last week Canales himself stressed to Marca that he was happy plying his trade in Spain:

“Right now my preference is for Racing. They are the ones who have given me the confidence to play and make my debut at 18-years-old. Without ruling out anything, in the situation that I am in, I’m happy here,”

Since the start of January Wenger has also ruled out moves for Carlton Cole, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Victor Moses, Marouane Chamakh and Edin Dzeko. The French coach did confirm that Sol Campbell would put pen-to-paper this afternoon on a short-term deal which would keep the centre-back at Arsenal until the end of the season.