Christanval fails Gunners trial
By Patrick Haond and Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger has opted against signing former Barca stopper Philippe Christanval.Philippe Christanval's attempts to secure a deal at Arsenal have ended in defeat after Arsene Wenger revealed he already has enough defenders at his disposal for the coming season.
The former Barcelona man had been looking to make a positive impression on The Gunners during a trial period, although, despite appearing twice in Austria, has not managed to garner a deal at Highbury.
Spartak Moscow have also been credited with an interest in the stopper who was released by Marseille at the end of last season, and Wenger revealed that he pulled out of the race to sign Christanval after retaining his existing roster of defenders over the summer.
Indeed The Gunners recruited young Cameroon star Alexandre Song on loan from Bastia to join Philippe Senderos, Kolo Toure and Sol Campbell at the heart of the Arsenal defence, meaning there was no room for the French hopeful.
"Christanval will not be joining us because nobody has gone," Wenger confirmed.
"We have four centre backs and four full backs so we don't need to buy in defence."
Whilst Wenger is happy with his defensive options, a goalkeeper to challenge Jens Lehmann still remains a priority despite the capture of promising youngster Vito Mannone from Atalanta.
The French tactician is keen to introduce more shot-stopping experience to the club and is continuing his search after failing to bring in Uruguayan international Sebastian Viera - despite travel disruption at the capital's biggest airport.
"At the moment we are working hard," Wenger continued.
"Our scouts are travelling everywhere, even though Heathrow is blocked at the moment."