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Wenger in no rush to sell

11 January 2013-PA Sport

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No rush ... Arsene Wenger won't sell before he buys (Getty)

Arsene Wenger has refused to rule out further departures from the Emirates but insists players will have to come in before any could leave

Both Johan Djourou and Marouane Chamakh have left on loan, to Hannover and West Ham United respectively, while Sebastien Squillaci and Andrey Arshavin have both been linked with moves away from north London.

"At the moment no, (no one is leaving)," Wenger told Arsenal Player. "We have a good squad, a balanced one. At the moment nobody can go out, unless we buy somebody.

"At the moment our focus is to keep everybody. In every position we have two players. Three is too many and one is not enough."

Arsenal remains hopeful of pushing through an improved contract offer for Theo Walcott, with reports suggesting a new five-year deal worth about £90,000 ($137,000) a week could even be signed ahead of the City game.

Wenger has been linked with a string of players including Barcelona forward David Villa,

His former Barca team-mate Yaya Toure will be missing for Manchester City for Monday's (AEDT) match at the Emirates and midfielder Aaron Ramsey feels Arsenal can make the most of his absence.

The Blues were beaten 1-0 at Emirates Stadium last season, where they have not scored in the Barclays Premier League in five visits and last won away over the Gunners back in 1975.

City will be without their midfield enforcer Toure, who once had a trial at Arsenal, as he prepares for the Africa Cup of Nations with Cote d'Ivoire.

Ramsey believes that could work to Arsenal's advantage as it looks to stay within striking distance of the top four.

"It will give us an extra bit of belief," he added.

"We beat them last year at home and with Yaya Toure gone to the Africa Cup of Nations, it is a big loss for them.

"He is a big player for them and so influential, so hopefully we can take full advantage of that and get another good result."

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