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Arsenal close to signing defender, striker

LONDON (AP) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is close to ending his search for a central defender and striker, saying Friday the club is working on deals to sign Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia and Lucas Perez from Deportivo La Coruna.

Wenger said he is "99 percent confident" of completing the signings before Europe's summer transfer window shuts late Wednesday.

Asked if bringing in Mustafi and Perez would conclude Arsenal's business in the transfer window, Wenger said: "We already have a big squad ... and we can't have any more players."

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