Arsene Wenger has reaffirmed he will be busy during the January transfer window, but refused to confirm reports claiming Arsenal are poised to make their first signing in the shape of midfielder Mohamed Elneny.
Basel midfielder Elneny has reportedly undergone a medical with the Gunners, with The Sun suggesting the club could announce his arrival at the Emirates as early as today (Wednesday 30 December).
But Wenger remained coy on those reports when quizzed on them during his pre-match press conference on Wednesday ahead of Saturday's clash with Newcastle United.
"Unfortunately I cannot say anything about this player because nothing has been concluded," he answered. "I will be busy, that is for sure. I have already said we are short."
Elneny, 23, will reportedly cost the Gunners a fee of £5m ($7.4m) and sign a four-year deal with the club. The Gunners have found themselves short of central midfield options after losing both Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin to injury, with Jack Wilshere also a long-term absentee.
While Arsenal are expected to make at least one addition to their squad, defender Mathieu Debuchy is eager to seal a move away from north London. The France international has fallen behing Hector Bellerin in the defensive pecking order and has already made it clear he is keen to find first-team football opportunities elsewhere.
When quizzed on the right-back, Wenger told his press conference: "It is not impossible that he leaves. We will see," Goal report.
Debuchy feels his chances of being named in Didier Deschamps' France squad for Euro 2016 will suffer unless he finds a new club.
"At the moment I need game time," Debuchy told RMC in December. "I really need to play. Didier Deschamps didn't call me for the last two games (to play for France) so it is obvious. I've got to play more than I do, that is why I want to talk to Wenger soon.
"We need to talk about it, but we already had a chat in pre-season, and we agreed that we would talk again in December if I wasn't happy with my playing time. We're in December, so we'll see."