Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger hoping for quick injury turnaround to avoid January loan signing

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that a loan deal is not necessarily the answer to solve his side’s current defensive crisis.

The Gunners have been hit by a string of injuries in the full-back department with Bacary Sagna, Carl Jenkinson, Kieran Gibbs and Andre Santos all sidelined.

While the club have been linked with a temporary move for Manchester City’s Wayne Bridge in recent weeks, Wenger insists that a replacement of a suitable standard will not be available on loan.

“A player who plays anywhere in the world at the moment will not be available on loan, it doesn’t exist,” Wenger told Arsenal player.

“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.”

The Frenchman is counting on his players returning from injury in the near future due to his struggle to find fresh options, and has revealed Jenkinson may soon be available for selection.

“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.

“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.”

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