Arsene Wenger has confirmed that he is on the lookout for a new defender in the winter window. The French boss says he has sent scouts to find the right man for the job.
The Gunners have struggled badly with injuries at the back this season, and having failed to replace Thomas Vermaelen who joined Barcelona over the summer, have found themselves short of numbers at times.
Hector Moreno, Winston Reid and Loic Perrin are some of the names that have been linked with a move to north London, and Wenger says the search is on to find the perfect fit.
"We are out in the market and we are working very hard every day," he said. "All our scouts and our people are working very hard to find a defender."
Wenger rules out Gundogan swoop
The Gunners boss has ruled out a swoop for Borussia Dortmund ace Ilkay Gundogan. When asked by reporters he suggested he’s only looking at signing defenders this month.
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Gundogan was a star for Borussia Dortmund in their march to the Champions League final in 2013 but has been beset by injuries since then. Arsenal have subsequently been linked with a move for the experienced international but Wenger says he's not on the agenda this month.
When asked by reporters about the midfielder, Wenger replied: "He’s not a defender. At the moment we are more looking for the defensive department."
Bielik deal complete
That could be because he’s already completed a £2.4m deal for Krystian Bielik of Legia Warsaw. The youngster turned down a move to Wolfsburg to join the Gunners.
Wenger confirmed that he has undergone a medical and that a fee has been agreed.
No goalkeeper decision yet
And finally Wenger refused to drawn on who he will select to play in goal against Manchester City, with David Ospina expected to keep the gloves.
Wojciech Szczesny was dropped for the win against Stoke, reportedly for smoking in the dressing room following the defeat against Southampton, but Wenger was playing his cards close to his chest when speaking to the media this morning.
"I rate Szczesny highly but I don’t think any individual will be our problem on Sunday - it will be our team commitment," he explained. "No matter who plays, it’s important that the team performs and that the guy who plays, plays well.