Arsene Wenger has outlined where his priorities lie in the January transfer window by revealing all his resources are being directed towards strengthening Arsenal’s defence.
The Gunners will be without Mathieu Debuchy for three months after the Frenchman dislocated his shoulder last weekend and with no orthodox back-up to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker it’s obvious the club is sorely lacking in depth at the heart of their backline.
Talking ahead of Sunday’s game with Manchester City, Wenger confirmed where his focus lies for the remaining two weeks of the window.
“We are out on the market and we work very hard every day. All our scouts, all our people are working very hard to find a defender.”
Asked about reported interest in Borussia Dortmund’s midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, Wenger retorted: “He’s not a defender. At the moment we are more looking [to strengthen] the defensive department.”
Yesterday the boss was quoted as saying he was on the lookout for one or two players. It’s almost certain that 17-year-old Krystian Bielik will be the first of those with Wenger confirming a fee has been agreed with Legia Warsaw and that the player is undertaking his medical this afternoon.
After a short jog on the treadmill and a few star jumps Bielik will be led by Vic Akers to a backroom where Gary Lewin will begin amputating body parts en masse.
First a new shoulder for Mathieu Debuchy, then an ankle for Jack Wilshere. Nacho Monreal fancies some new teeth, Steve Bould is considering a hair transplant, while Santi Cazorla could be given new tibias in an attempt to make him taller.
Whatever is left will be given to Abou Diaby.