Vlaar missed the Gunners’s visit to Villa Park this season but is being target by Wenger.
While gooners were focused on the action that happened on the field of play during our recent visit to Villa Park in which we took three points from a three minute tirade on the Villa defence, there may have been other important business going on behind-the-scenes in the Directors’ box, the subject being Aston Villa’s defensive stalwart and captain, Ron Vlaar.
The Dutch star who was a commander in the heart of Louis van Gaal’s World Cup team in Brasil has been one of the most pursued defenders in recent months. As the man in the middle of the back 3, flanked by Stefan de Vrij and Bruno Martins Indi, Vlaar was saddled with that enormous responsibility of organizing the defense, and making the last ditch tackles when required. And he did it superlatively.
Various sources are now reporting that Arsenal, as well as a host of other clubs in the League including Manchester United and Southampton, is stepping up attempts to take the big fellow from Villa Park. With a glaring shortage in defense, those steps should be turned to leaps.
Ron Vlaar fits the profile of the kind of defender Arsenal needs at the moment. At 29, he is surely not going to come with the tag of “one for the future”. However, his qualities make him one who will safeguard what we’ve got from the past while we plan for the days yet unknown. We have, at present, just two center halves, Koscielny and Mertesacker and as much as we may not be bringing players in to replace them in an instant, there is the certain requirement of bringing out the best in player by keeping someone ready on the bench to take their place at any slip. It is no secret that both of our defenders were spurred to always improve over the past seasons because ex-captain Thomas Vermaelen was always ready waiting to pounce. Now that there is no one to provide such competition, we must be concerned about the quality of their inputs.
Vlaar comes with loads of experience despite having just arrived England two years ago from Feyenoord. A member of the UEFA Under-21 champions in 2006, Vlaar had an impressive upbringing making his professional debut at 20 and continually being reliable all through his sourjourn in the world of professional football. A six-foot-plus figure, Vlaar’s imposing size gives him the ability to shroud attackers into his web while his reading of the game is as keen as that which has made Per Metersacker a fan favorite at the Emirates. By comparison with the German, he is a little quicker and may be presumed to possess a better passing ability. Not the strongest of cases to make, but one days we decide to go route one, you would need a good punter from the back.
After such a good tournament in Brasil, it is not impossible for Vlaar to seek advancement in his career. The Villa faithful consider him as the heartbeat of their team, little wonder they were left choking by the Gunners. If, however, they ever come to terms with the fact that he may have become a little more valuable to be at Birmingham, it should be that team who showed class in their ground that should be considered most worthy to consider him.
It is also however reported that the board at Villa Park are looking to hand the experienced centre-back a new contract to further tie him down at the club for a long time to come and to also ditch any interest from other parties praying their eye’s on the centre-back in a bid to snap him up.
We must, on our part, consider him as very vital, and hence make the approach.
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