Wenger: I will Certainly Buy a New Defender

By on July 23, 2011

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal will be back in the market after the purchase of striker Gervinho to strengthen the defence.

While Arsenal have had a £10 million bid for Everton’s Phil Jagielka turned down, they have been linked to other Premier League defenders including Blackburn’s Chris Samba and Bolton’s Gary Cahill. The Arsenal manager has now claimed he will work “very hard” to bring in a new defender to add to his ranks. Wenger said:

“Certainly, we will have to find one more defender. We [are] working on it.”


“I can promise we work very hard on it. In fairness, everybody looks for players. Everybody looks for the same area and you see that nobody turns up with magic. It’s all about being steady, working very hard on it and being calm as well.”

“I don’t want to comment individually because I do not want to destabilise clubs. I do not want to do to other clubs what some clubs do to us so I wouldn’t like to comment individually on any player.”

It is a “promise” which will relieve many Arsenal fans who may have feared the manager would once again turn his back on signing a player that many fans have been calling for in the defensive positions. However, he did not specify what position he would be buying the defender for.

Arsenal may need a left sided defender as back up to Gibbs, now that Gael Clichy has left, or perhaps Wenger will simply go for a strong, solid, experienced central defender to partner the returning Thomas Vermaelen, who himself is looking forward to a new start to the season. The Belgian defender said:

“Everybody starts from zero and everybody has to start again. You get a new chance and that’s always a good feeling when people give you another chance to win something.

“The past is behind us and it’s good to look into the future. That’s what we do now – we start all over again with a new chance and we will go for it this year.”

If Arsenal are to win a trophy like Vermaelen and all of the fans want, Wenger’s mysterious defensive target will certainly play a big role in delivering it. A lot relies on this signing, and Wenger better hope he gets it right.

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  1. Ey37

    July 23, 2011 at 8:38 am

    Is it Scott Dann, Samba, cahill, Jagilka or an unknown quantity from Denmark,Ukraine, Switzerland, Turkey or France? 2 defenders are desirable-a left-back & central defender.

  2. Dems

    July 23, 2011 at 9:43 am

    What about Diego Lugano??
    cheap but with experience..

  3. olasking

    July 23, 2011 at 9:48 am

    for am tired of France player they are too soft, we need Germany or England that will do, but this Wenger issued still working hard to find who? to sign who? to buy who? starting all over again as cost us 7years without cup, i don’t no what Wenger is up to.

  4. veryangry@wengerbutstillagoonernomatterwhat

    July 23, 2011 at 10:37 am

    just get us quality CB coz when u talk like this,u remind me that you are always lookin for unproven players…
    TV5 you’re so ready and best fitted for captain come xt season*if rvp won’t be pissed though*

  5. ieuan

    July 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    what happened to AW spending big hes brought to first team players for next season, its the same old AW he lied to all Arsenal fans last season as he said he would be extensively active in the transfer market.
    I think all arsenal fans should stand behind Aw no-matter what happens this season and if he doesnt deliver he should get sacked.
    Lets not give him any excuses about why arsenal failed again.

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