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Arsene Wenger has reiterated he is looking to sign a defender and a striker before the start of the season.
The boss has made signing a centre back his priority following the serious injury sustained by Mertesacker. The defender is expected to be out for a long term and there are fears that he may not return to action until next year. Wenger is also working on bringing a striker to the Emirates and is currently being linked with Alexandre Lacazette.
Although Wenger has admitted the transfer window has its problems but he is confident of signing a centre back before the end of August.
“I don’t count that Per will be back before the end of the year and I will miss him deeply, we have lost a heavyweight in our dressing room.”
“We are still in the market for players, whether it is at the front or the back. Unfortunately we are not alone.
“I can understand the expectation level and anxiety level of our fans because they see other clubs bringing players in.
“Despite all the money clubs have, not too much has happened until now. We know from experience the most active period is in the last week of August and at the moment it is still a big poker game everywhere.
“The best way to conclude transfers is not to talk about it, but we are in the market. Do I think we will sign an experienced central defender before the season starts? Yes, I do.”
The club is currently linked with Shkodran Mustafi and we are also considering a move for West Brom’s Jonny Evans.