Arsenal latest: Including Mertesacker the captain as Gustavo stays in Germany

News and gossip from the past 24 hours at The Emirates.

Arsene Wenger will not simply buy for the sake of it in the current transfer window, despite the clubs obvious difficulties in the transfer market so far. They have toiled in their attempts to sign Luis Suarez from Liverpool, while a deal to sign Luiz Gustavo collapsed when VfL Wolfsburg snapped him up.

But Wenger remains adamant that panic buying will not be occurring at The Emirates, but that he will be fighting until the end of the deadline to get the players he wants. Numerically, he claimed he wanted two or three more players at the club.

Arsenal have been dealt an early injury blow at the start of the new season, with the news that Mikel Arteta will be out for the next six weeks. His injury, along with that of Thomas Vermaelen leaves Arsenal in something of a captaincy crisis, with both club and vice captain out injured.

Regarding team news for the opening day of the season against Aston Villa this weekend Nacho Monreal, Ryo MIyaichi and Abou Diaby join Arteta and Vermaelen on the injury table - whilst Bacary Sagna and Yaya Sanogo will undergo fitness tests tomorrow morning. Theo Walcott and Santi Cazorla are available despite possibly missing out with a knock to the knee and jetlag respectively.

In light of the captaincy woes, German international Per Mertesacker will be asked to captain the side at The Emirates tomorrow afternoon.

Arsenal youngster Wellington has been sent out on loan this season to Spain once again. It is his fourth loan spell in Spain since arriving in North London back in 2011. He arrived with a reputation as one of Brazil’s most talented youngsters, but his mediocre loan spells have proved differently. He will be playing with Real Murcia term.


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