By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger is not chasing a defensive player at the moment.

The Arsenal manager openly pursued a holding midfielder over the summer but failed to land one. Recently he has been linked with a number of centre backs in the media.

One of those – Matthew Upson – was put to him at Friday’s press conference. The manager kept his counsel over the former Arsenal defender but went on to suggest he would not be bolstering his backline.

“I like personally Matthew Upson,” he said. “But there again I would not like to come out on that.

“However at the moment, we are not looking to buy on the defensive side of our game.”

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