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Wenger rules out Arsenal move for Newcastle striker

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has dismissed a transfer move for Newcastle striker Demba Ba. Newcastle boss Alan Pardew admitted on Thursday that Ba would be sold if he did not remove the reported £7m release clause in his contract.

"I like Demba Ba, yes," said Wenger. "If you ask me 'do we sign Demba Ba?' I say no."

The Frenchman added: "I don't think [this] is the right place to speak about that, because he plays against us [on Saturday].

"I wouldn't like to put Newcastle or us or him in an uncomfortable position."

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