Arsenal target Bridge to solve left-back problem

Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge has emerged as a potential target for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, according to The Daily Mirror.

Bridge has been frozen out of the first team squad at the Etihad Stadium due to the arrivals of Aleksandar Kolarov and Gael Clichy. Roberto Mancini has also accused the former England international of being happy to pick up his £90,000 a week wages. Those remarks followed a furious war of words between the City boss and Bridge in front of the City first-team squad.

Mancini preferred Pablo Zabaleta at right back against Arsenal last weekend, despite Bridge’s availability. The former Chelsea defender is available for loan and with Arsenal’s defensive crisis deepening, Wenger is looking to bring in a loan signing for cover. Kieran Gibbs has suffered a new injury setback and Andre Santos is still out until February with an ankle injury, so Thomas Vermaelen is expected to stay at left back.

When asked if he would be interested in a loan move for a left back, Wenger said: ‘It depends now on Gibbs. He sees a specialist again and if something happens there, that he has had a real setback, then possibly, yes. It is not a shop, you just take a good opportunity that is on the market when you can. Overall, that’s what we are doing at the moment. We are starting to look at players if Gibbs is not back.’

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