Gunners plot defender signing

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes to sign a defender before the end of the World Cup.

The Gunners will be left desperately short of central defenders if Sol Campbell, William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre fail to renew their contracts when they expire at the end of the month.

"We are not close (to signing anyone) at the moment," Wenger told

"We are quiet. But there will be something happening before the end of the World Cup - certainly on the defensive side."

The Frenchman said at the end of last season that Arsenal's "average" performances at the back cost them dearly in their pursuit of a first Barclays Premier League title in six years.

He is keen to find a centre half to partner Thomas Vermaelen at the heart of the Arsenal defence for next season and has been splitting his time in South Africa between scouting and commentating for French television.

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