Wenger not keen on Kompany

Gunners boss has no plans to strengthen defence this summer

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has revealed that he has no plans to carry out a swoop for Hamburg defender Vincent Kompany this summer.

Wenger had been expected to strengthen his back-line as he looks to rework his side ahead of the 2008/09 term.

Centre-back Kompany, who signed for Hamburg from Anderlecht in 2006, has previously been linked with a move to Emirates Stadium, with Wenger publicly expressing his interest in the 22-year-old.

But it appears the Frenchman has had a rethink over which departments he needs to fortify during the transfer window.

Belgian targets

"I have been interested in Vincent Kompany ever since he was 16, but I am not interested in him this year," Wenger told The Sun. "There is nobody I need for my team's defensive department.

"I still follow Kompany's progress all the time and I know him very, very well. But he will not be an Arsenal player next season - and you can print that.

"I know all the good Belgian players. Arsenal are following a number of them with great interest, although I won't name names."