Arsène Wenger to make Arsenal midfield a priority in transfer window

• Injuries to Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere and others prompt rethink
• Arsène Wenger has rare luxury of fully fit defence for Southampton trip
• Arsenal manager dismisses Inter’s ‘joke’ move for Lukas Podolski

Arsène Wenger has identified central midfield as the area he will look to strengthen when the transfer window opens. The Arsenal manager has previously promised to add at least one signing and cover in central defence has felt like the priority.

Wenger’s decision to exit the summer transfer window with only five senior defenders in the squad always seemed a risk and it has been exposed by injuries, most seriously to Laurent Koscielny and Mathieu Debuchy. Both have recovered and Wenger has the rare luxury of a fully fit group of defenders for the New Year’s Day trip to Southampton.

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