Vlaar missed the Gunners’s visit to Villa park this season but is being target by Arsenal and Manchester United
Arsenal effort to sign a solid centre defender after the departure of former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona has been a massive blow.
After speculation over his future with the club, Dutch World Cup star Ron Vlaar is now ready discuss with Villa over the terms of a new contract.
The club captain has been the subject of genuine interest from various top sides including Arsenal and Manchester United, with the manager of the later thought to be keen on taking him with him to Old Trafford after a stellar and solid display as the stitch and guide of the defence he had with the Dutch team in Brasil. Arsenal’s interest was also particularly inspired by the shortage in defence with injuries to key players and a general deficiency in the center back position.
This news surely comes as a major blow to the Gunners whose defensive woes have not by chance shown signs of waning with new concerns to key players Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Jack Wilshere. Vlaar was set to be a reliable option and competition to Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny who are the club’s only senior center halves beside young Calum Chambers. His role may have been on the bench at the start, but the history of injuries at the club does nothing to suggest he would not get ample opportunity to play the top level football his improved status deserved.
As well as being a leader, he possesses that level of experience and composure which we have sometimes lacked at the back, while some of his attributes make him a little distinguished from the defenders currently available to the club. Though not quicker than Koscielny nor taller than Mertesacker, Vlaar has shown he’s an accomplished one-v-one defender, having almost single-handedly kept Argentina’s Lionel Messi at bay in their Semi-Finals clash in Brasil. Though something quite alien to Wenger, Vlaar may give us the platform for more variation in tactics in defence if Wenger chose to adopt three defenders at the back with Mertesacker and Koscielny on either side of him, while Chambers and Gibbs (so inclined to bomb forward) would serve as wing-backs.
It now appears the big man will commit his future to the club although it is not altogether certain if it will be for the long-term or short term. Vlaar, 29, joined Aston Villa from Feyenoord in 2012 and has since gone on to be entrusted with the armband after being one of Paul Lambert’s mainstays especially in the periods it seemed they would be going down. With an impressive start to this campaign, Vlaar may have reason to now suppose the times may be a little easier now, with other members of the squad who had been away also set to return, notably former Arsenal target Christian Benteke.
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