Arsène Wenger is targeting one or two more experienced players before the transfer window closes and has hinted that he has a defender in his sights.
With Sol Campbell having left and Philippe Senderos, Lauren and Gael Clichy all facing medium-term injuries, the Arsenal manager could find himself short in the backline when the Premiership season starts in two weeks time.
Pre-season has shown that Wenger is continuing his efforts to promote from the youth sections at the Club.
However he does feel it is time to add "one or two" players with games under their belts.
"I have a lot of faith in my young players," he said. "You always feel you need experienced players but if you have too many, the younger players will not play. I try to find the right balance between the experienced players and the young players.
"We still have some experienced players out at the moment - Henry, Lehmann - but having said that I will still buy one - with experience. The target is one or two. One certainly."
Speaking after the game in Alkmaar, the manager was asked if the new player would be a centre half or a left back. "It is a possibility," he replied both times, smiling as he did so.
Arsenal.com will carry news of any signings as soon as a deal is completed.
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