Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal are no longer a selling club and has told Manchester City to forget about making a move for Jack Wilshere.
The Gunners have cashed in on star players such as Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor in the past, leading to suggestions that players like Wilshere could be on the move if a big offer comes in for him.
City have been heavily linked with a move for the 23-year-old as they look to add young English players to their ranks, but Wenger has told them not to waste their time by making a bid.
“We are not in a position any more where we have to sell our best players,” said Wenger.
“We cannot make a case of any headline in any newspaper in a press conference from things that are not true.”
Wilshere is in line to return to the Arsenal side that takes on Burnley this weekend after recovering from minor ankle surgery and Wenger is delighted to have him back.
“Everybody can have a big impact until the end of the season, Jack included,” Wenger added.
“Every player who doesn’t play is very frustrated when he cannot perform – (Abou) Diaby has been out for a year, (Theo) Walcott has been out for a year.
“Wilshere has played many games this year, he was out, but not for as long as Walcott or Diaby.”
The Gunners are 1.54 favourites to win at Burnley this weekend, with the home side 6.96 and the draw 3.61.