Speaking ahead of Saturday's fixture against Fulham, Arsene Wenger addressed some potential business Arsenal could tie up in the near future, including the futures of Julian Draxler, Bacary Sagna and Per Mertesacker.
In Friday's press conference, per John Cross of The Mirror, the Gunners boss addressed rumours claiming that Schalke's Draxler had been spotted at the club's training facility:
Wenger denies Draxler has been spotted at #afc training ground. "It's a bit like a UFO - some see them, some don't."— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) January 17, 2014
It was far from a flat denial by the Frenchman over the potential arrival of Draxler, Wenger preferring to joke about the transfer rather than seriously discuss the prospect of the German joining the club.
There were further intriguing comments in relation to deals regarding those already in North London. Cross reports the Frenchman's update on potential contract extensions of both Mertesacker and Sagna:
#afc Wenger says Arsenal making "good progress" on Mertesacker and Sagna deals— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) January 17, 2014
Arsenal's official Twitter account relayed just how advanced talks are with the pair:
As things stand, Sagna's contract at the Emirates Stadium will expire at the end of the 2013-14 season, leading to rumours the right-back could leave on a free transfer. Laura Williamson and Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail recently claimed Galatasaray have offered Sagna a lucrative contract worth £4.1 million-a-year to play for the Turkish giants.
Mertesacker is not expected to leave, but news of his imminent extension will still come as a relief to Arsenal fans.
Wenger also hinted that he himself may have already signed a new deal to remain as Arsenal chief. The 64-year-old is now in his 18th year at the club but is out of contract in the summer:
#afc Wenger on future: 'you can make a decision without going public. You can take that sentence how you want"— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) January 17, 2014
It's not abnormal for the English giants to let the deals of players or their boss enter their last legs before putting pen to paper over longer terms, but this announcement is another positive turn on what's already been a hugely promising campaign.
Like many managers, Wenger sees little value in the winter market and, per the club's official Twitter account, stated he'd be willing to scrap the mid-season opening entirely:
During his days at the Manchester United helm, Sir Alex Ferguson often commented on the January transfer window being an inflated period of the season financially. The Scot's concerns over value for money were well-known, and it's a sentiment that Wenger agrees with.
Arsenal face Fulham this weekend having drawn their last two home encounters with the Cottagers. That being said, Rene Meulensteen's side are coming off the back of a 4-1 demolition at home to fellow relegation candidates Sunderland.
Based on these most recent quotes, the remainder of the month won't be a particularly busy period for Wenger's side, although talk of Draxler's arrival will undoubtedly continue.