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Published: 10:35 | 18/3/16

Wenger plays down Ibrahimovic interest


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has played down reports linking the Gunners with PSG and Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The 34-year-old has never played in the Premier League but has dropped hints that he wants to move to an English club when his contract with the French champions expires at the end of the season.

Wenger, speaking ahead the Premier League match against Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday, says the club are not focused on the summer transfer market yet, with nine games of the season to go and an 11-point gap to try to make up on league leaders Leicester City.

“Look, at the moment, no,” Wenger said when asked about a move for Ibrahimovic.

“We are not on that case. We have other worries at the moment. It’s short-term. We are not on Zlatan’s case. Even at 34, he’s had a great season at PSG.”

“At the moment you can understand my priority ahead of Everton is not the transfer market on signings next season.

“I’m just surprised by the name you’ve thrown at me. We’re not thinking of signing anybody at the moment.”

Zlatan has won 13 league titles in the last 15 seasons, at Ajax Amsterdam, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and four in a row at PSG, (although the two titles with Juve were rescinded because of the Calciopoli scandal).

Wenger also admits that Arsenal could drop out of the top four and the Champions League places should his side not improve a recent poor run of form that has seen them win just twice in nine league matches.

"Of course, we need to look over our shoulders because it’s very tight,” he said.

"I believe the Premier League [title race] is far from over. But we also have to look behind us because things can change very quickly. We want to move forward, but I’m conscious that our position is not secure, even where we are. Things will change between now and the end of the season, that’s for sure."

Wenger says Slaven Bilic's West Ham side, who sit in fifth place just three points behind third-placed Arsenal, could easily pip the Gunners to a top-four finish.

"West Ham are a threat. They’ve had very positive results at home, and went to Manchester United in the FA Cup and drew 1-1, so they are a threat.

"But we have to take care of our own destiny, and that’s by producing the performances we expect from ourselves. We have to give 100% to finish well in the Premier League and be in the fight until the end.”

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