By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger still does not want to talk about his centre-back targets.

The Arsenal manager has been linked with a number of names since revealing he wanted to strengthen his defence in the January window. Bolton’s Gary Cahill has been continually mentioned and the gossip grew louder this week when manager Owen Coyle brought a potential replacement in David Wheater from Middlesbrough.

However, speaking at Friday’s press conference, Wenger remained tight-lipped.

“At the moment, I cannot come out with any name,” he said. “I think Gary Cahill is a very good player but I cannot tell you more.

“We like to keep our transfer negotiations very secret. It puts more pressure on when you go public so you understand we don't want to speak publicly about that.”

And Wenger believes he does have options if he cannot find the right player.

“As long as Squillaci is out, I must say, we are short [at the back],” said Wenger. “But we have other resources to play Song in there. If the worst came to the worst, Diaby is coming back so we could put Song back because we'd have Diaby to play in midfield.”

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