Wenger: I still want to sign a centre-back

Despite the excellence of Calum Chambers in Sunday's Community Shield win over Manchester City, the Gunners boss is looking for more cover at the back
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits that is on the lookout for a centre-back to fill the void left by Barcelona new-boy Thomas Vermaelen.

The Belgium international completed his move to Camp Nou on Saturday after rejecting the advances of Manchester United and the versatile defender's departure has left the Gunners short on options at the back.

With Laurent Koscielny picking up a knock in the Community Shield victory over Manchester City and Per Mertesacker having only just returned to training, Wenger is ready to bring in further cover at the heart of his defence.

“Vermaelen behaved outstandingly last year - I am grateful for him and I wish him very well,” said the Arsenal boss after his side romped to a 3-0 win at Wembley.

“If I can find another centre-back, I will do it."

Calum Chambers, a summer signing from Southampton, once again featured at centre-back, helping keep a deadly City attack at bay, and Wenger was hugely impressed by the teenager, as well as Mathieu Debuchy, who was also making his competitive debut following his arrival from Newcastle.

“For a 19-year-old, [Chambers] had an outstanding performance today,” added the veteran boss. “He was very impressive. Debuchy was also excellent.”

Both players are in line to start the Gunners’ opening Premier League match, against Crystal Palace at Emirates Stadium next week.