Wenger: We won't sign a new left back
Published 23:59 11/07/11 By John Cross
Arsene Wenger has insisted Arsenal will not sign a new left back - and has admitted Thomas Vermaelen could play there next season.
Arsenal boss Wenger sold Gael Clichy to Manchester City for £7m and has scouted Leighton Baines and Jose Enrique as replacements in the past.
But Wenger's priorities lie elsewhere as he wants a centre half and to strengthen his midfield with Gary Cahill and Juan Mata top of his list.
That means Wenger will look to Kieran Gibbs, Armand Traore and, most interestingly, Vermaelen - as revealed in Mirror Sport - next season.
"We have Kieran Gibbs, Armand Traore and Thomas Vermaelen who can play at left back so we have what we need," said Wenger.
Vermaelen played there for former club Ajax and Wenger also wants to strengthen his back four at set pieces with a new centre half likely to come in as well.
But Wenger also revealed he has high hopes for youngster Carl Jenkinson, Ryo Miyaichi, Emmanuel Frimpong - all on the tour - and new £12m signing Gervinho who is back training in London.
Wenger added: "Jenkinson is an interesting boy, he will need to adapt and hopefully push Sagna that he needs to fight for his place.
"Miyaichi has been a fantastic surprise to us, he has done extremely well for us, he is a very exciting prospect.
"Gervinho was the most efficient player in the French league with assists and goalscoring."