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Arsene Wenger gives update on Shkodran Mustafi and reveals the areas where he will sign new players


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the only area he wants to strengthen this summer is the defensive department.

The Gunners have made official offers to sign strikers Jamie Vardy and Alexandre Lacazette but it now seems the Frenchman has decided not to sign a new striker.

He was tight-lipped on Shkodran Mustafi move but confirmed that he will sign a new defender after key players all suffered long-term injuries in pre-season.

"Look, today my focus is not too much on that, because we play a very important game in 48 hours," Wenger said on Friday morning.

"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 Koscielny, who is not ready.

"There's no other specific area [except the defence] that we need. 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.

"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.

"I cannot tell you [anything on Shkodran Mustafi].

"[How many players we will sign?] I don't count in numbers because otherwise our squad will be too big. Like many teams, if we find the top quality then we will still strengthen our squad."

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