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Wenger Confirms He Won’t Buy A Defender But Wants One On Loan

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed he is not on the look out to buy a defender this January, but the Frenchman will take someone on loan if the opportunity presents itself. Speaking to on Friday night, Wenger admitted he is still short in numbers at the back despite the return to fitness of Squillaci but won’t spend the funds to secure a permanent signing as it means the Gunners will be left paying the wages of five centre backs once Vermaelen returns from injury:

“No I don’t rule it out,” said Wenger. “If we can get a defender on loan until the end of the season, it is an ideal solution for us.

“It would not get us into a position where we have to pay five defenders for four years and it would cover the season. If we find that opportunity we will do it. We believe in the quality of the defenders we have, but we are a bit short in numbers.

“We’ve looked and we’ve not found any reasonable solutions. We’re in a situation where we’re happy with the performances of Squillaci, Djourou, Koscielny and we believe in the quality of Vermaelen.

“If we buy another one, first, we have to buy him for four years and then we have to pay him for four years. We will have five centre backs.

“People say always: ‘you must buy, buy, buy.’ But you must pay them as well. You want to sign a player for four years, all the others are on long contracts and then suddenly you have five and then Song is six.

“What do six centre backs do? Watch the games in the stands because they don’t play.

What do Gooners think? Is Wenger right to look at a loan signing? Will a player with the required quality be available on loan? Leave your comments below…



  1. dan

    January 29, 2011 at 9:20 am

    terrible shame if we miss out on silverware

  2. JOEL

    January 29, 2011 at 10:34 am

    Typical Wenger-he wants Silverware on the “Cheap”-It’s pathetic!For the third year in a row we have chances to win a major trophy (Not talking about the League Cup) and the Manager wants to do it on a “wing and a prayer”.I could understand his reticence to buy a decent Premier League Ready Centre Back if we were particularly “blessed” in that department.Although he’s improved,lately, against more mediocre opposition -I’m still not convinced by Koscielny.Djourou is improving with games but is nevertheless carrying a chronic knee injury.Scilacci is plainly not good enough and apparently injury prone.Vermaelen is suffering from a long term injury and will certainly not be match fit until,at least,the end of March!!
    Cahill might be “overpriced” but he certainly would have improved Arsenal’s immediate defensive capabilities and given the correct impetus for a four tier Trophy Challenge!-Fingers crossed that we can win the crucial games with what we have!

  3. mic

    January 29, 2011 at 11:02 am is either u re ignorant or just plain stupid. If we get a permanent centre back,when the others re fit wat will arsenal do? Pay one or two to just sit on the bench or watch 4rm the stands? How come squllaci is now injury prone? Can u say the same for rooney,cos i he’s been out twice due to injury. Wats wrong with finding a temporal fix till we ve the verminator fit. Even if wenger doesn’t get a player,we can cope with the 3 cos we need a consistent combination for our cb. Let arsene do his job.

  4. Steve of Chiang Mai

    January 29, 2011 at 11:22 am

    @ Joel….what you dont seem to get is that unless Man U give us Ferdinand or Vidic every other CB is playing for a team doing worse than we are!!!! Cahill, Samba etc are not better than Koscielny of Djourou based on the defensive standings in the PL

  5. simba

    January 31, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    I think Joel is very correct .If you guys have not seen how poorly Squillaci and koscielny performed in the games we dropped points in the premier League and in the cup games we lost and required replays then i dont think you know anything about football. Koscielny and squillaci have not give our attack the best anchor to and platform to win games .The front plays play under a lot of of pressure to score goals especially if they know the defence can leak goals at any time , that doesnt give a team balance .The difference btwn Arsenal and man Utd ths term has been the defence , Man U have not been leaking silly goals like Arsenal . We lost against West Brom , newcastle , spurs because of poor defending .This team has to pray Djourou remains fit otherwise if he is injured we will be dragged into battle for fourth place.Arsene wenger doesnt want to admit he made poor signings , what has been the improvement from the exit of Senderos and Silvestre to the addition of Koscielny and squillaci .How can a manager of Wenger’s calibre prove to everyone that he is surely poor at recruiting centrebacks . David Dean was the last man responsible for good CB signings .

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