Arsene Wenger reveals that Arsenal were 'never' close to signing Khedira

Sami Khedira

Arsenal were thought to be closing in on a deal for Real Madrid star Sami Khedira this summer, but manager Arsene Wenger has refuted those claims.

The Gunners ended their nine-year trophy drought in May after beating Hull City 3-2 in the FA Cup final at Wembley, and the club have made a strong push for more silverware this summer with a handful of new signings. Colombian World Cup goalkeeper David Ospina joined from Nice, whilst boss Arsene Wenger also snapped up two right backs in Calum Chambers and Mathieu Debuchy from Southampton and Newcastle respectively.

The big signing of the summer came in the form of Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez, with the Chilean international arriving for around £32m - and many reports had suggested that Arsenal would follow that up with another blockbuster move, this time for Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira after the Spanish giants snapped up his international team mate Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich.

However, Wenger revealed today that his side were nowhere near signing the 27-year-old, and despite speculation continuing to suggest that the Frenchman is still looking to add another midfielder, Wenger noted that he has a number of players at his disposal - including Jack Wilshere.

"I don’t know who has put him on the market," said Wenger on Khedira. "Whether it is his agent, or somebody else I don’t know. We were never close to signing him."

"Jack Wilshere has come back fit and in midfield we have offensive midfielders, we have box-to-box players, we have quite a few."

With Sporting Lisbon's William Carvalho also reportedly a target, it would be something of a surprise if Arsenal don't sign another midfielder. Whilst Wenger has a number of the aforementioned offensive and box-to-box players, he doesn't have a player who can sit back and protect the back four - which is just what someone like Carvalho can offer.

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