Arsenal’s latest transfer plan confirmed by Arsene Wenger ahead of Liverpool test
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are on the lookout for their next summer signing ahead of their clash with Liverpool
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal are still looking to bring in defensive reinforcements as they prepare for their Premier League opener against Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
The north London side have been heavily linked with a bid to sign Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi in recent days after Gabriel Paulista joined Per Mertesacker on the sidelines due to injury.
It appears to be unlikely that Arsenal will be able to push through a deal for the 24-year-old defender before the clash with the Merseyside outfit on Sunday afternoon.
However, the Arsenal manager has moved to reassure supporters that the club are working hard behind the scenes to try and add to their squad as soon as possible.
Speaking at his pre-match news conference on Friday morning, Wenger said: “Look, today my focus is not too much on that [transfers], because we play a very important game in 48 hours.
“Transfers will not help us now to do well in this game because we have a strong squad. We have to deal with the game on Sunday with the squad we have available.
“But of course, we lost basically three centre-backs, because we have [lost] Mertesacker and Gabriel and Laurent Koscielny, who is not ready.
“Most of the time, the injuries happen in the same sector. But I believe we are equipped to do well and I’m confident we can do well.
“Transfer-wise, as soon as we do something, we will inform you.”
He added: “It will depend on the quality we find. If we find somebody who strengthens our team in any position, who gives us a superior quality, we’ll do it.”
Arsenal finished second in the Premier League table last season and 10 points behind surprise champions Leicester City, while Liverpool were eighth in their first campaign under Jurgen Klopp.
The north London side have not won the Premier League title since their famous unbeaten triumph in the 2003-04 season, when they were still playing at Highbury.