Arsene Wenger has played down Arsenal’s reported interest in Chris Smalling, saying that he has no plans to sign the Fulham centre back.

He is a player we know, yes, but there is no truth in it at the moment. Maybe in the future. At the moment is at the moment. I never rule anything out.

I never speak about transfers. It is very interesting to make headlines, but the most important is that we inform the press when things are done. If the press knows every moment about every single transfer, I do not think that is right.