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Arsenal boss Wenger admits admiration for Ipswich striker Wickham

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is coy over his interest in Ipswich Town wonderkid Connor Wickham.

A possible £10million move has been mooted, but Wenger would not be drawn, although he did little to dispel the rumours.

"There has always been paper talk but I don't think it would be right to come out on that before a game like that," he said.

"We prepare to play Ipswich and not against any single player of Ipswich and not a player who we would be interested in. We just want to qualify for the final of the Carling Cup and the only way to do this is to play well tonight.

"He is one of their star strikers. We know him well, we have seen him many times. He is one of the players who can make a difference. But I feel when you play against a team like Ipswich, the danger is more the whole unit that you face and the whole extra-special level of motivation that you face.

"Therefore I think more than focus on one individual I think it's important that you're up to it mentally and ready from the start on."

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