Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has no interest in signing Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, adding that the opening day defeat to West Ham United has not changed his transfer plans in the slightest.
25-year-old Krychowiak was linked with a move to the Gunners during the second half of the 2014-15 season and reports of a £22m ($34.3m) bid resurfaced in the Daily Telegraph this week. Sources claimed Gunners scouts were in attendance watching over the Poland international in Sevilla's 5-4 defeat to Barcelona in the Uefa Super Cup on 11 August.
Arsenal's dismal performance in their 2-0 loss to Slaven Bilic's West Ham intensified speculation over an offer for the powerful midfielder but Wenger insists he is happy with his options in midfield.
"Are we interested in signing Krychowiak? No," Wenger told a press conference, Goal reports, before adding he expects Mathieu Flamini to stay at the club despite stories claiming the Frenchman has been told he is free to leave.
Arsenal remain linked with the purchase of a centre forward with just over two weeks of the transfer window remaining. Karim Benzema is reportedly top of their list amid reports of a £45m switch from Real Madrid, despite Wenger repeatedly insisting there has been no offer for the France international.
Petr Cech, the club's only significant addition this summer, suggested his side's lack of a cutting edge contributed to their defeat to West Ham, but Wenger insists the loss has changed nothing.
"When you lose a game there is a demand to sign players. Let's look inside and not except a miracle from outside.We have a great group with a fantastic mentality. We are united and we will focus together on the next game. One result does not affect our transfer plans. We are working hard on that."