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Arsene Wenger admits he has some thinking to do this week as he looks to finalise his Arsenal squad for the new season - which could yet include a move for former captain Patrick Vieira.

The Gunners boss will give deep consideration as to whether to develop a move for Vieira, his long-time midfield enforcer who left in 2005, is now 33 and reportedly ready to leave Inter Milan.

"Patrick is a great player. I have not considered it yet to bring him back, but it is a possibility I have to think about," said Wenger.

The Gunners swept aside Scottish champions Rangers 3-0 on Sunday to lift the Emirates Cup, with youngster Jack Wilshere netting twice as he completed an impressive weekend.

Although Arsenal have sold both striker Emmanuel Adebayor and defender Kolo Toure to Manchester City, while seeing midfielder Samir Nasri ruled out for a couple of months with a broken leg, the return to match fitness of Czech international Tomas Rosicky and Croatia hitman Eduardo has given Wenger more options.

Centre-back Thomas Vermaelen, signed from Ajax for £10million, is expected to recover from a slight hamstring problem to be available for the opening game against Everton, which will be swiftly followed by the first leg of a Champions League play-off.

By then, Wenger will have decided on the make up of his squad, with the Arsenal manager ruling out any more departures.

"First of all, it is not sure he will decide to join us if I decide try to make him come," he said of Vieira. "There are a lot of thoughts to be done."

Arsenal have also been linked with 22-year-old St Etienne midfielder Blaise Mutuidi, as well as Bordeaux's Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh and Real Madrid forward Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Wenger, though, prefers to do his negotiations in private.

"We don't make any comment about the transfers. If we sign someone we will come out with it," he said. "I read in the newspapers that I have called him and called him, I go for so much, but I never speak about that because you have to accept that it might disturb the player, it might disturb the club. If transfers don't happen you have an unhappy player, so I keep it as quiet as possible."

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