Arsene Wenger has admitted he did not get everything he wanted in the transfer window and said Arsenal’s defensive options are too limited.
The Gunners broke their transfer record for the second time in six months to recruit forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan also arrived from Manchester United in a swap deal with Alexis Sanchez while Mesut Ozil signed a new three-year deal with the club.
In what proved to be a busy January for Arsenal, they also sold Theo Walcott, Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin and Mathieu Debuchy as well as sending out a number of young players on loan.
Despite all of that business, Wenger was not completely satisfied as he failed to add to his defensive ranks after a late move for West Brom’s Jonny Evans failed to materialise.
When asked if he had got everything he wanted in the transfer window, Wenger replied: “Everything? No. What I wanted to do, we have done. I couldn’t do everything. I wanted to do more.
“I believe we have to find an internal solution to our defensive problems, and that means everyone putting more effort in. But overall I am happy with the way things went in the transfer market.”
Wenger added 20-year-old defender Konstantinos Mavropanos for £2.2million from PAS Giannina last month, but he is not yet ready for the first team and the Gunners boss admitted his side are short in that position.
“Our defensive numbers aren’t good enough,” added Wenger.
“We needed strengthening because we have to improve our defensive numbers to make the top four .
“I will adapt to the difficulties we face and must see how the idea I have works.
“We are flexible – we can play with a back three or four.”