Wenger plans temporary left-back deal

Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is not looking in the January transfer window for a long-term left back, but is hoping for a short-term solution, arsenal.com reports.

The Arsenal manager has Kieran Gibbs and Andre Santos both out injured until February at the least and has had to adapt his defence because of the problems. Midfielder Francis Coquelin played at left-back against Fulham last time out and Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen has also filled that role sometime this season.

Wenger is looking for a short-term solution and will try to reinforce before the end of the January transfer window. Reports have linked out of favour Manchester City left-back Wayne Bridge with a loan deal until the end of the season, but Wenger has not revealed any players. AC Milan defender Taye Taiwo could also be available for Arsenal after falling out of favour with Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri.

‘I do not want to go for a permanent solution because we have to pay all these people as well. But if I can, yes, I will get a loan player until the end of the season. Vermaelen should be back, not for Swansea (next weekend), but after that’, Wenger said.

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