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Arsenal plays down move for Vucinic

Juventus' Mirko Vucinic
Juventus' Mirko Vucinic has been rumored as a possible transfer target for Arsenal.
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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has played down talk of an imminent move for Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic

Arsenal are on the lookout for some offensive cover following the season-ending knee injury to England forward Theo Walcott and there have been reports that representatives from the club have held meetings with Vucinic's agent. Wenger, however, denied a deal was close after Saturday's 2-0 win over Fulham.

"We are looking at potential possibilities for us to get someone in, but we are not especially in for Vucinic," he said. "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."

With or without any new additions, Wenger feels Arsenal are well set for what looks to be the most exciting championship run in of recent years.

"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," the French coach said. "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."

The Arsenal manager was a little more coy when asked about the possibility of a deal for Schalke's Germany international Julian Draxler. Some reports earlier this week suggested Draxler had been spotted at the club's training ground, but Wenger said: "It's like UFOs - some see them everywhere! The transfer window is open until January 31. Are we close to signing anybody? At the moment I would say no."

Wenger denied making a bid for Dimitar Berbatov, who is likely to lead the Fulham attack at the Emirates, and offered no public update on his own contract situation. There was a hint, though, that he has already decided whether or not to extend his spell in charge beyond the summer.

Wenger added: "You can make a decision without going public. You can take that sentence how you want."

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