By Giuseppe Muro

Arsène Wenger will move “quickly” to acquire a new centre back if a hamstring injury picked up by Sebastien Squillaci at the weekend sidelines him for a while.

Squillaci suffered a slight strain during Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Leeds United and the manager says he will assess the extent of the injury before deciding whether to dip into the market.

If the French defender’s prognosis is poor, Wenger would be left with Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou as his only two fit recognised central defenders.

Although long-term absentee Thomas Vermaelen, out since September with an Achilles injury, is pencilled in for a return at the end of January, Wenger isn’t willing to take a chance.

"If he [Squillaci] has a problem then we must quickly go for a player,” said the Frenchman.

"Squillaci came off with a little hamstring problem and if we only have two centre backs then that cannot work with the number of games we have.”

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10 Jan 2011