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Arsene Wenger on Alexandre Lacazette: Neither confirm nor deny

He’s either uninterested, or throwing everyone off the scent. It’s hard to tell.

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When it comes to transfers, Arsene Wenger always plays things close to the vest. He doesn’t really share his thoughts with the media (nor should he), and Arsenal as a whole are very tight about what they’re thinking and doing. Most times, the first thing you hear from the club is that a deal is done. This is a man, after all, who once famously claimed that he didn’t know Santi Cazorla, immediately before signing him.

Which is why, when Arsene comes out and says he "can neither confirm nor deny" interest in Alexandre Lacazette, one’s ears prick up. He also said "If I say I like the player, it opens up speculation." And when you couple that with the fact that Lacazette was not present for Lyon’s team photo, thus seemingly confirming that at the very least he won’t be part of that team this August, the match marked "transfer rumor" just got a lot closer to the pile of oily rags that represents this very bad metaphor.

Is there truth to it? Maybe. There’s currently a lot of nothing, but all the nothing is starting to add up to something a little less than nothing, so that’s something?