Wenger's defender hopes dented
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal could be scuppered in their bid to sign a defender.
Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal could be scuppered in their bid to sign a new defender before the start of the season, despite a pressing need for new recruits.
A shoulder injury to Philippe Senderos which has ruled the Switzerland international out of the beginning of the season has focused Wenger's energies but the Frenchman may have to bide his time.
Wenger has long held an interest in West Bromwich Albion's highly-sought after prospect Curtis Davies, but has already intimated The Gunners could be priced out of a move.
Albion manager Bryan Robson is reported to value Davies - a £3 million signing from Luton only last summer - in the £10 million bracket and Wenger believes Albion's stance is indicative of an inflated English market.
"I know the prices in England," he said. "The prices for young talent are the prices you'd pay for established players. We do it sometimes. We did it for Theo Walcott for example but we cannot do it always."
Even if The Gunners fail to add to their resources, Wenger would start the campaign in confident mood.
"We have Toure, Djourou, Senderos and Cygan," he told Arsenal's official website.
"If we can find someone and we can get them then we will do it. But at the moment I have not found anybody.
"But remember these defenders went 10 games in the Champions League without conceding a goal so I cannot say they are bad. I am a strong believer in them.
"We just want to improve our collective team play on last year. We did that well during the season and we want to keep this development going."