Arsenal not signing a defender would be too risky, says Wenger

Arsene Wenger Press Conference Smiling - 16/02/2014

Arsene Wenger will look to sign a central defender during the January transfer window.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted his side need a central defender in the January transfer window according to the Daily Telegraph. 

With defender Mathieu Debuchy now set to miss up to three months with a dislocated shoulder suffered in the victory over Stoke, the Gunners are short on numbers at the back.

That has led manager Wenger to admit it would be “too risky” if the club failed to sign a defender before the transfer window closes.

“We have now lost Debuchy, who could play centre-back, [Nacho] Monreal, who can play centre-back, [Kieran] Gibbs as well has been out, of course if we have another injury or two we will struggle,” The Telegraph reports the Frenchman as saying.

“It’s risky. It’s too risky. Of course, we have made enquiries and then you have a second handicap of who wants to sell their best players, especially a central defender, in the middle of the season.”

As the Daily Mail reports, the club are reportedly considering a move for Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk, while they have also been linked with West Ham defender Winston Reid.

However, the Arsenal manager admits that, despite making a number of enquiries, he is yet to find anyone available of the required quality during the transfer window.

In fact, it seems that most clubs are only willing to do any business during the summer, according to the Frenchman.

“I am not the only one working on the case,” Wenger said

“It’s not a supermarket where you go in and buy a defender, it’s a market that is very restricted, that players who can strengthen the best 10 teams in Europe, you don’t find many and it’s the same for everybody. We are a big attraction, of course we are, but if it was easy we would do it.”

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