By Chris Harris
Arsène Wenger admits he is short of defenders but he will not over-spend to rectify the situation.
The Frenchman is down to the bare bones at the back in the short-term with Thomas Vermaelen, William Gallas and Johan Djourou all sidelined.
The medium-term situation looks precarious too with Gallas, Sol Campbell and Mikael Silvestre all approaching the end of their current contracts.
Clearly, Wenger may have to plug some holes before next season but that does not mean sacrificing his principles over new signings and new deals.
"We are in need [in defence], yes of course," said the manager.
"It depends as well on Gallas [contract talks] and how well Djourou comes back but of course we have a need there.
"But we always keep our policy. We manage within our resources and it is not because there is a bigger need that we will overpay the players, because we cannot."