Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted he will be looking to sign a player on transfer deadline day.
The Gunners had been linked with a swoop for Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa, but that move now appears completely dead in the water.
But, with the news that left-back Kieran Gibbs faces at least three weeks on the sidelines with a thigh injury, the French manager may have to move for some defensive cover.
“We will try to be active,” said Wenger.
“It won’t be easy but at the moment I have nothing to give to you [at the moment], unfortunately.”
But, asked if it was likely to be a defensive reinforcement, he added: “Yes. That’s how quickly football changes.
"Three days ago people told me we need strikers. Now, this time, we’re speaking about defenders.
“We’ll see what we can do.”