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Arsenal boss Wenger denies Podolski move imminent

Arsene Wenger will target quality over quantity to strengthen the Gunners squad in the summer. The Frenchman then denied that Germany striker Lukas Podolski is close to joining the Gunners in an £11million deal having undergone a medical.

"Quantity-wise we will not do a lot. Quality-wise certainly, and we will take a gamble if we find top, top quality of course," he said.

"The number of the squad is 25. We have many players out on loan and we have not had Jack Wilshere or Abou Diaby for the whole season.

"These players will be back and that means number and quality wise we are strong because we are now in the position we are in without these players."

Wenger shed little light on the timing of Podolski's arrival and stressed he would like to avoid the final-day flurry of activity that marked Arsenal's transfer business last summer.

"Nothing is done. It could happen soon, it could happen later, I don't know," he said.

"Last year was terrible for us because we finished on the 31st August at 11.55pm and we do not want to repeat that."

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