Saturday, 3rd May, 2014

Arsene Wenger has warned that Arsenal's transfer business is likely to be affected by the World Cup, with many players unable to be contacted until after the tournament has finished.

That promises to push back Arsenal's window to do deals to strengthen the squad, with a number of players Wenger may be looking at likely to play in Brazil.

The Arsenal manager explained to his club's site: "At the moment I have people around me who start to look.

"What is available you know always, but we are not on the market specifically at all because teams still play in many countries.


"After that, from my experience, the World Cup years have always been very quiet until the end of the World Cup, with no players reachable. Everybody is focused in the country on their national team and there’s not a lot happening. People are away.

"I believe this year again you will have to wait until July 15 to start going", the Frenchman concluded.

Arsenal are looking to add a number of players to their side over the summer, with a backup goalkeeper a priority given Poland international Lukasz Fabianski looks poised to depart when his contract expires at the end of June.

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