Football

Wenger looks to sign a defender

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admits it would be a gamble not to bring in a new defender this month but insists the Gunners would be able to cope.

The north London side have been regularly left short of defensive cover this season with the likes of Laurent Koscielny, Kieran Gibbs, Nacho Monreal and Mathieu Debuchy all suffering injuries.

Debuchy is expected to be out for another three months after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder, leaving Wenger with only six fit senior defenders at the club.

"We can cope because we have (Calum) Chambers, (Per) Mertesacker, Koscielny," Wenger said before last night's match against Manchester City. "But we have now lost Debuchy who can play centre back, Monreal who can play centre back and Gibbs has been out, too. So if we have another injury or two, we will struggle. It is risky (not to sign anyone) - too risky."

The Gunners have been linked with a number of targets, including West Ham's Winston Reid and Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels. - PA Sport.