Thomas Vermaelen has suffered another injury set back which now needs surgical intervention on his damaged Achilles heel. He's now expected to miss a further six to eight weeks.
Sebastien Squillaci is also out for possibly three weeks with a hamstring injury. Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou are the two healthy central defenders left which leaves Arsenal with no cover should an injury, suspension, or any other emergency befall either one or both. Wenger has indicated that he might have to explore the transfer market. And his target might be a Premier League player.
"Ideally it would be better if they were adapted to English football because if you need players now in January you cannot wait three months before they can play for you."
Naturally, Gary Cahill rumours are flying thick and fast.
However, this is Wenger. Notoriously tightfisted when it comes to such matters and more prone to applying a band aid.
"If the opportunity turns up we will fetch it, but if not we can cope. I believe we can cope."
"We have still solutions internally with Miquel, with Song who can play centre-back and with Squillaci, who should come back very quickly."