Arsene Wenger rules out January move for Newcastle striker Demba Ba

Demba Ba will NOT be going to Arsenal after Arsene Wenger ruled out signing the Newcastle hitman.

Senegalese ace has a £7.5million buyout clause in his Toon contract and is keen on a switch to the Gunners.

Ba has hit 11 league goals this season and heads to the Emirates tomorrow as Arsenal host Newcastle. But while boss Wenger admires the striker, he has no plans to pinch him from Tyneside.

The Frenchman said: “I like Demba Ba.

“I don’t think [this] is the right place to speak about that, because he plays against us tomorrow.

“I wouldn’t like to put Newcastle or us or him in an uncomfortable position.

“If you ask me ’do we sign Demba Ba?’ I say no.”

Meanwhile, Wenger is yet to close the door on a possible third coming of Thierry Henry.

The legendary Arsenal striker enjoyed a second successful stint with the club at the beginning of this year, scoring twice in seven appearances while on loan from New York Red Bulls.

A similar move has been mooted for the upcoming transfer window but Wenger insists he has not discussed a switch with the Henry, who has been training with his former side in recent weeks.

Wenger said: “I’ve not lost interest in him.

“He’s still coming today [Friday] to practise with us. [Our relationship is] very close but, at the moment, I think he has had a second spell at the Club that was very successful.

"You have to be cautious that it’s not one time too many.

“[I have] not completely ruled it out but I haven’t spoken about it with him at all.”