By Chris Harris

Arsène Wenger is exploring "potential situations" in his search for full-back cover but he admits there are no concrete deals in place.

The Arsenal squad has been hit by a string of injuries to wide defenders with Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Andre Santos all sidelined.

Even Wenger's deputy full backs have succumbed with Thomas Vermaelen and Francis Coquelin currently unavailable, so the manager is on the lookout for a solution.

"At the moment we are exploring potential situations we can take advantage of but there is nothing concrete," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

"Hopefully the players will come back very quickly now. With Carl Jenkinson we had very good news on his scan and he is starting to practice again, we have Thomas Vermaelen who is the first to come back, Bacary Sagna is evolving well and Santos is doing well too. Let's hope they all come back quickly."

Wenger's search for defensive reinforcements is a global one but he admits that a loan deal is not necessarily the answer.

"All over the world we have our eyes and we look for good [players]," said the manager.

"It is very simple in a situation like that. You might take a player who doesn't play at all somewhere, who is not necessarily fit quicker than a player who is injured. Or you take a young, potential player who has not made it somewhere.

"A player who plays anywhere in the world at the moment will not be available on loan, it doesn't exist. It can only be a guy who doesn't play or a promising player who has not yet made it completely who you could take advantage of.

"That is why it is not an easy situation. You have to consider that a guy who has not played for two months is not necessarily back quicker than Bacary Sagna or another player who is just coming back from injury."

Watch the full interview with Wenger on Arsenal Player.

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