Injury problems mounting for Gunners boss

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Arsene Wenger was more concerned with injuries than the result after Arsenal fell to a 2-1 pre-season defeat against Benfica.

The Portuguese giants produced a second-half comeback after the Gunners led at the break, but it was the positives from an impressive first half performance that keeps the Frenchman optimistic ahead of the coming campaign.

"Benfica played well for the full 90 minutes and the second half was a bit one-way traffic. We played well for 45 minutes and, after that, we dropped," Wenger told the official Arsenal website.

"We missed many players and you could see that in the second half. We got the intensity we wanted, it was a competitive game and we were challenged by a good team who had a lot of experienced players."

After playing a key part in the Gunners' demise last term, injuries could again prove to be an area of concern for Wenger after watching three players suffer problems in the bruising encounter.

"It is an ankle problem, I don’t know how bad it is," said the manager in reference to Robin Van Persie, who limped off during the second-half having put the Gunners in-front.

"Gibbs has a muscular [thigh] problem and Vermaelen has a slight back problem."

With Jack Wilshere also a doubt for the season-opener against Newcastle, Wenger can ill-afford to lose any more of his players before the big kick-off, either to injury or transfer.

Speculation continues to be rife over the futures of Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas at the Emirates, but Wenger insists there is no issue with the French international, whilst the situation remains the same with regards to the club captain.

"I cannot speak about it but there is no major problem between Samir and myself," said the manager.

"The situation is not sorted out with Cesc but there is nothing to add."

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