Arsenal Tweet Then Delete Arsene Wenger's Quote on Deadline Signing 80% Likely

Arsenal's manager Arsene Wenger looks on ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJanuary 31, 2014

Arsene Wenger, speaking in his regular Friday press conference, told journalists that while Julian Draxler was not coming to Arsenal, a deadline day signing was 80 percent likely.

It was duly reported by those assembled:

Wenger says he confident of doing something today and estimates it 80:20

— Gary Jacob (@garyjacob) January 31, 2014

What I would say is that - playing Wenger transfer bingo - he'd never say "80 per cent" likely unless he was 100 per cent sure of a signing.

— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) January 31, 2014

Such was the optimism of a new arrival that even Arsenal relayed the quotes on Twitter:

Arsenal - Twitter

But all of a sudden they disappeared.

Presumably the reason was simply to temper any expectations from Gunners fans as the clock ticks down, but this is transfer deadline day, and if there's ever a time for a conspiracy theory to develop from a missing tweet, then this is it.

At the time of writing, the speculation seemed to have settled on midfielder Kim Kallstrom being the arrival to whom Wenger was referring.

BREAKING: Arsenal are currently in talks to bring in Kim Kallstrom from Spartak Moscow #afc #DeadlineDay

— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) January 31, 2014


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