Arsene Wenger’s three-word response when asked about this Arsenal transfer

Arsene Wenger confirms that Arsenal want to sign a new defender this summer

Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal will try and sign a defender in the summer transfer window after Per Mertesacker’s injury setback.

The Gunners have been linked with a host of players in recent weeks as Wenger prepares his side for the 2016-17 campaign.

The north London side have thus far only recruited midfielder Granit Xhaka, defender Rob Holding and striker Takuma Asano this summer.

Mertesacker has been ruled out for a number of months after undergoing knee surgery earlier this month.

And speaking at a news conference on Saturday evening, Wenger confirmed that the Gunners are in the market to sign a new defender this summer.

Asked if he plans to sign a defender before the close of the transfer window, Wenger told a news conference in the US: “Yes I do.”

The Arsenal manager continued: “We are still on the market for players. [Be it] at the front or at the back – we are on the market. Unfortunately we are not alone.”

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Arsenal finished in second place in the Premier League table last season and 10 points behind champions Leicester City.

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