Wenger reveals failed transfer bid amid Villa and Diame rumours

12:00 01 February 2013


Arsenal's Manager Arsene Wenger. Photo: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport


Arsene Wenger admits there was some frustration at Arsenal on transfer deadline day as they narrowly missed out on another signing.

The Gunners brought in Spain full back Nacho Monreal from Malaga for a fee in the region of £8.5million but Wenger admits they were trying in vain to bring in another player.

Arsenal were linked with several other players during the January transfer window, including Barcelona forward David Villa and West Ham’s Senegal midfielder Mohamed Diame.

“We were close to one more signature, yes,” the Gunners boss said.

“It was not a money problem, it was more a desire from other clubs to keep their players.”

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