Arsene Wenger
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger REUTERS

Gunners' boss Arsene Wenger, who has seen a number of players move from the Emirates to the Etihad in recent times, has said he refuses to transfer quality players to their domestic rivals, according to a Daily Mail report.

Big-spending Manchester City have bought the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor, Kolo Toure, Gael Clichy and Samir Nasri from Arsenal over the past four years and are now reportedly targeting Arsenal skipper Robin van Persie in the summer.

However, this time Wenger says he is not going to entertain any more offers from the Citizens.

"They have enough players there now. Am I flattered? More worried. But it's a little bit of a normal process. Van Persie and Manchester City? The question cannot be asked because you cannot contact anybody who's under contract," Daily Mail quoted Wenger as saying.

Instead of selling players, Wenger has hinted he may be in a mood to add to his squad. The 62 year old boss recently admitted he is already eyeing the forthcoming transfer window, even though there are still seven more fixtures in the league, the Metro reported.

The club have all but actually confirmed the signing of FC Köln's star forward Lukas Podolski and, apart from the German international, have also been linked to a number of star names including Salomon Kalou, Eden Hazard and Jan Vertonghen. Also, Wenger is hoping to hold talks over contract extensions for two key players - van Persie and Theo Walcott - whose fine performances are beginning to attract suitors.

Nevertheless, Wenger insists his squad's focus is squarely on completing the present season.

"At the moment we are so focused on finishing the season well, though, because what we have done over the past two months is exceptional," the Metro quoted Wenger as saying.

Meanwhile, Wenger also hinted, for the first time, Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh, who was earlier involved in the shisha pipe smoking incident, could be making an exit from the Emirates this summer.

"At the moment it's too early to answer (whether he will stay on). We want him to focus completely, without smoking, until the end of the season," BBC quoted Wenger as saying.

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