Arsenal poised to sign defender

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he intends to sign a defender this summer after he admitted his side's performances at the back this year have been "average".

Failure in both of the domestic cup competitions and a Champions League exit to Barcelona this year means Arsenal have now gone five seasons without winning a trophy and Wenger has highlighted his side's defensive frailties as the reason why the Gunners have come up short.

"If you divide the season into two - going forward we have done very well but defensively we have been average," said Wenger, who could also lose William Gallas on a free transfer this summer. "When you concede 40 goals you don't win the championship and I want to rectify that."

He added: "My transfer policy this summer will be to keep our strengths going forward, add one player, and add more defensive strength to our team."

Arsenal's hopes of a first title in six years looked to be over when they lost 3-0 at home to Chelsea in November but they recovered to claim top spot the following month. Poor form towards the end of the campaign, including a 2-1 defeat to Spurs, ended the club's title ambitions, though.

Wenger admits losing the likes of captain Cesc Fabregas and defender Gallas towards the end of the campaign did not help, but he is hopeful the team can bounce back and win the title next year.

"When you're as close to a trophy and you don't do it, it's disappointing but overall if you look back over the season, I am proud of our attitude and spirit," the Frenchman told Arsenal TV online.

"Unfortunately we got injuries in the final sprint of the season and it was a bit too much.

"This season has shown that we have quality, spirit and we have also discovered players who have made massive improvements so there is a very strong basis to do extremely well.

"I think we have a massive chance to come back and win it. Let's be consistent, come back next year and be even stronger."

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