Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that it would be risk for the club not to sign a new defender during the January transfer window, BBC
Many supporters have called on the Frenchman to strengthen his backline due to a lack of depth and a number of injuries. Wenger has often had to deploy full-backs as emergency central defenders this season, with Calum Chambers, Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker the only options available since Thomas Vermaelen left for Barcelona last summer.
Several players have been linked with Arsenal so far in the transfer window including Borussia Dortmund star Mats Hummels and West Ham United’s Winston Reid, but Wenger insists that while he is looking for reinforcements, it would be difficult to make a key signing before the end of the month.
“It is risky [not to sign anyone] – too risky,” he said. “If we have another injury or two we will struggle. Why have we not signed a defender? We haven’t found one. We are not the only ones working on the case.”
“It is not a supermarket where you go in and buy a defender. It is a market that is very restricted. The players who can strengthen the best 10 teams in Europe, you don’t find many and it is the same for everybody. We are a big attraction, of course we are. If it was easy we would do it.
“We have made enquiries but then you have the second handicap – who wants to sell their best player, especially a central defender, in the middle of the season? They say, ‘come back in June or July’.”
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