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Both Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan had already arrived at the Emirates to strengthen their forward options.
But with the failing defence, Arsene Wenger was somewhat hopeful he would be landing himself a defender before the deadline time for the transfer window.
Balague tweeted earlier in the day: “I have the impression #AFC are thinking of one last try for another defender but it’s perhaps too late.”
And after the deadline had passed and the Manolas rumours came to nothing, Balague then said: “It was too late. But it was not Manolas.”
With the looks of it Arsenal has kept quiet on a possible deal for any defender.