Arsenal boss wants midfielder signing

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told French TV that he still wants to sign a midfielder with a 'physical presence'.

The Gunners' boss was speaking after his side's 2-2 draw against Manchester City in the Premier League, and ahead of their Champions League encounter against Borussia Dortmund.

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His comments also come just a fortnight after the summer transfer window closed for business - meaning he won't be able to act on the desire to strengthen in that specific position.

"I'm happy with the signings but we still need a physical presence with prodigious ability like Vieira or Petit," he told Bein Sport, according to Sport Witness.

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Vieira and Petit were, of course, at the heartbeat of successful Arsenal sides that won Premier League titles both before and after the millennium.

But, once Vieira left the Emirates Stadium for Juventus back in 2005, the Gunners never truly managed to replace the French powerhouse and challenge once again for the title.

Carvalho interest

Wenger has been linked with players in the position though, with Portuguese international William Carvalho a name that was mooted as a possible target throughout the summer.

A deal never materialised however, and the Arsenal boss was forced to settle with the additions of Mathieu Debuchy, Calum Chambers, Alexis Sanchez and Danny Welbeck in north London.

Whilst he's happy with the signings, it appears players the club missed out on have left him a little frustrated, and it's clear what type of man the Gunners will be targeting in January.

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