Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has confrimed that the Gunners are searching for a defender this summer, and hopes to shore up their back line before the transfer window closes, with the likes of Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill believed to be on Arsene Wenger’s radar.
It has been a busy week in the Arsenal camp transfer-wise, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain signing yesterday and Nicklas Bendtner quoted as saying he is on his way out of the Emirates Stadium, although his next destination is unkown.
Gazidis, who was answering questions at the Arsenal Independent Supporters’ Association last night, revealed that the north London club are very aware of their need to add another a defender to the books.
"Arsene recognises we need to have additions in our defence. He will take steps to do that. We are working extremely hard on this but it's not a supermarket where you go in and pick good players off the shelf. It's much, much more complex than that."
Arsenal have had an up and down pre-season, winning three matches, but drawing three and losing one. The Gunners also lost the Emirates Cup to the New York Red Bulls.
And while some pundits have pointed to transfer speculation surrounding Samir Nasri as a possible reason for the team looking unsettled on the pitch, Arsene Wenger has insisted that there are no personal issues between manager and player.
"I cannot speak about it but there is no major problem between Samir and myself,” Wenger said.
Arsenal have so far spent a reported £23 million in the transfer window, purchasing Lille forward Gervinho and Charlton youngster Carl Jenkinson along with Oxlade-Chamberlain.