By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is three players short of having the squad he wants for the long season ahead.

The Arsenal manager has signed four this summer - including Gervinho and Carl Jenkinson - but he has stepped up his search for further reinforcements since Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri left.

The situation is further complicated by the Africa Cup of Nations. Wenger is likely to lose Moroccan striker Marouane Chamakh as well as Gervinho to that tournament in January and has added a striker to his shopping list as a result.

"It is important [to strengthen] because we will lose players in January with players going to the African Nations Cup," said Wenger.

"We lose Gervinho and Chamakh together so, first of all, it is important to strengthen up front. It is important that we find one midfielder and one defender as well. So we are still short of three bodies.

"My time has been taken up [by players going out] and it was a very difficult summer on that front because we had to face adversity, negativity, but it had to be done. Overall, we tried to do as well as we could."

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