Arsene Wenger is still worried about Arsenal’s full-back injury crisis, and has admitted that the Gunners simply need a short loan period to cover for the injuries to Kieran Gibbs, Bacary Sagna and Andre Santos. He has to all intents and purposes rulled out any chance of a permanent arrival for either flank.
He said that Sagna was ahead of schedule and his return may negate the need for any cover at all. “It depends now on how quickly Sagna will come back,” Wenger. “He has started to run a little bit.
“I have to see what is available – if I have a good opportunity then why not? But I haven’t made any enquiry yet, so for the moment no Wayne Bridge or anyone else.
“It is of course something we look at but as well it depends on how long you have to take them,” added Wenger.
“They have a big impact on your wages as well. If you have to sign a player for three or four years and then you have three or four left backs, only one can play, so they are not happy.
“It can only be a short-term solution for us because we have bought Santos, we have Gibbs, we have Vermaelen who can play there, so we do not need a long-term solution.”
He also made it clear that he wouldn’t be bringing in any centre-backs either, and most definitely not Gary Cahill from Bolton. “I have had no contact with Bolton about Cahill,” Wenger said.
“We have plenty of centre backs, fortunately they can play on the flanks too as they are at the moment. We are not looking for any centre backs. No chance.”
So it looks like, no matter how many Arsenal transfer rumours you hear, there is unlikely to be ANY defender coming to the Emirates this January……