Arsene Wenger has admitted that signing a defender on loan is a ‘likely scenario’ in the January transfer window, Sky
Arsenal’s defensive options are limited and Wenger is without four recognised full-backs in Kieran Gibbs, Andre Santos, Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson sidelined. Wenger also saw Johan Djourou’s dismissal at Craven Cottage, which further enhances the defensive woes. Midfielder Francis Coquelin has been deployed at left back in recent weeks and Wenger is desperate to bring in a defender on loan whilst his players recover.
Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge and AC Milan’s Taye Taiwo have been linked with moves to the Emirates Stadium already during the window. Wenger is keen to make things happen during the window, but has said that nothing is currently in the pipeline. Arsenal take on Leeds United in the FA Cup this weekend and Wenger is hoping to have some deals in place before next weekend’s away game with Swansea City.
Wenger said: ‘At the moment, we don’t have a concrete case, but we don’t rule it out. (A loan defender) is the likely scenario, yes. Europe is depressed and there is not a lot of money available, only some clubs who have exceptional resources. Let’s say that clubs who are not linked with the economic environment at the moment can buy’.
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