Arsene Wenger has confessed he may need to bring in up to two faces this month after the damaging blow of both Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy undergoing surgery this week and are expected to be out for up to three months.
The Club captain had an ongoing problem in his left ankle that forced him under the knife, while Debuchy was pushed in mid air needlessly by Stoke City’s Marko Arnautovic in Sunday’s 3-0 win and dislocated his shoulder requiring an operation.
Wenger admits there is now even more urgency for new signings and his team are working hard to land some fresh faces this month.
He told Arsenal.com:
Yes we are more [in the market now].
We have Chambers and we have Bellerin, who is coming on well, and I want to give them a chance as well, but of course we are in the market like many other clubs.
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We work really hard morning until late night to try to get one or two players in.
Calum Chambers is expected to lineup in place of Debuchy on Sunday against Manchester City and will be looking to cement his place over the next few months. Hector Bellerin has been very impressive at times with his pace going forward however is still a little suspect defensively against tougher opposition.
Wenger needs at least one defender to come in this month preferably someone who can play primarily at centre back as well as right back. Winston Reid would be a smart buy, he can fill in out wide.
Elsewhere a midfielder would be a wise purchase with Francis Coquelin still relatively unproven against top sides. Mathieu Flamini for all his tough tackling and needless fouling has failed to win over the Emirates faithful but is still a viable option for the remainder of the campaign. Hopefully Wenger is not including young Poland midfielder Bielik as one of his ‘one-two signings’.
Get that cheque book out Wenger.