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

Mark PattersonUK Staff WriterJanuary 31, 2014

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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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