In Friday’s press conference Arsène Wenger denied reports that Arsenal are looking at signing Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak.

The holding midfielder was linked to the Gunners earlier in the summer, with his £22M release clause widely mentioned.

Rumours had died down until this week, when Krychowiak played for Sevilla as they lost the UEFA Super Cup game against Barcelona. Now there is plenty of talk again, as scouts from Arsenal were allegedly at the match to watch the player, who spent much of the night at centre-back.

At his press conference on Friday Wenger was asked about the midfielder but gave a blunt and resounding response.

Instead it is a possibility that the Arsenal manager will seek to get by with the players already at his disposal.

“When you lose a game, you get that kind of demand [to sign players],” Wenger told the press at London Colney. “Could we have won that game [against West Ham] without any additions? I say yes.

“Always people think the solution is from the outside, but I say let’s look inside and produce the performances. It is more intelligent than expecting it to happen from outside.”

The midfielder allegedly has a cracked rib, meaning he possibly wouldn’t help Arsenal immediately even if he was signed.

The highly-rated Poland international is a defensively adept player but Arsenal seem unlikely to make a move, probably put off by his questionable use of the ball.

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