What the papers say: Wenger wants Premier League defender

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The SunLet us Walc away with Alex
LIVERPOOL are battling Arsenal and Manchester United for Southampton's new Theo Walcott. Saints golden boy Alex Chamberlain, 17, was on target again at Oldham last night.

The Daily MirrorArsenal look to buy after new Vermaelen setback
Arsene Wenger has confirmed he will look to bring in cover at centre-half as Arsenal scour the globe for an answer to Thomas Vermaelen's Achilles problem.

The Daily MailArsenal's Thomas Vermaelen needs operation on achilles and could be out for six weeks
Arsenal have been plunged into a defensive crisis after it emerged last night that Thomas Vermaelen needs an operation on the achilles injury that has kept him out since August.

The Daily Express WARY ARSENE WENGER IS TAKING NO CHANCES IN QUEST FOR SILVER 
ARSENE WENGER will be relieved Chelsea’s FA Cup annihilation of Ipswich was not shown live on television as he sends his Arsenal team out with the message to “take nothing for granted” in tonight’s Carling Cup semi-final.

The Daily Star - A WINNERS' MEDAL WITH ARSENAL WILL END AARON RAMSEY INJURY HELL
AARON RAMSEY has finally put his injury hell behind him – now he wants to make amends for his cup misery as well.

The Independent - Wenger could turn to Upson to fill the void in his defence
Arsene Wenger said yesterday that he is in the market for a new centre-back with Premier League experience this month and it is understood a move for the former Arsenal defender Matthew Upson is also under consideration.

The Guardian - Southampton's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is Liverpool transfer target
Liverpool have prepared a £10m bid for Southampton's highly rated teenager Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as they attempt to rebuild for the future and to back Kenny Dalglish's pledge of support for Fernando Torres with action.

The Daily TelegraphThomas Vermaelen's injury set-back will see Arsène Wenger pursue Premier League defender
Arsenal will look within the Premier League to sign a new centre-back following the deflating news that Thomas Vermaelen has suffered yet another set-back to his Achilles tendon injury.

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