By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is in the market for a defensive midfielder - if the right one is available.

The Frenchman sanctioned the sale of Alex Song last weekend and, in his absence, Mikel Arteta played in a deeper role in the 0-0 draw against Sunderland.

Wenger has other options to fill that position but he has not ruled out a new recruit before the transfer window closes.

"If someone really top, top class comes up… I do not need to buy an average midfielder," said Wenger. "If someone top, top class turns up, completely defensive, we will consider it.

"If you look at the numbers you will see that Song was more of an offensive player than a defensive midfielder," he added. "Arteta can play deeper - the kind of Pirlo role - and we have Diaby who is a very strong defensive player.

"We have Coquelin who is also doing very well. I've played many games with Diaby and Wilshere [in midfield] and they were very efficient."

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