Wenger: no emergency but we’re looking to strengthen

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Arsene Wenger has said that he doesn’t consider Arsenal’s defensive situation an emergency, but that he’s ready to do business to strengthen the squad in that area.

The Gunners are without Kieran Gibbs (hamstring) and the first choice deep-lying midfielder Mikel Arteta until after the international break, but Wenger is playing it cool.

Although he said he still has to check if the German contingent are ready to play against Everton at the weekend, he said of new arrivals, “We are not in an emergency case but we are open to any opportunity to strengthen our defensive department.”

The departure of Thomas Vermaelen has left the side short of defensive options and even though Calum Chambers has filled in and Per Mertesacker’s return would ease the situation, the squad still feels short of the required depth for the season ahead.

Meanwhile, with reports that Lukas Podolski could be on the move, Wenger said, “We have had no offers for anyone to leave.”

The key word there is ‘offers’, it doesn’t rule out interest from other clubs, only that no official contact has been made as yet.

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