There are less than seven days before the opening of the January transfer window and there are hopes that we can expect a defender to come through as soon as possible, with reports that a move for Virgil van Dijk will be completed in January.
The 23-year old lad was reportedly watched by Arsenal scouts in Celtic’s defeat against Dundee, according to the Daily Star, and an impressive performance from the Dutchman means the Gunners won’t wait any more time in moving ahead to strike a deal. He is believed to be willing to move to Arsenal, having previously described the club as massive.
Wenger is in desperate need of, at least, one defender in the winter window as he strives to stem a tide of injuries that have threatened to render his team more lop-sided than it has ever been. The employment of make-shift pegs in center-half have accounted in no small measure to the jittery appearance of our defence and there can be no hope of going any distance this season if our rearguard is shambles, irrespective of however good our attack maybe. Van Dijk is amongst a couple options being considered by the club, as Wenger searches for a mix of ability, experience and character, in one very short window.
The former Groningen man possesses the physical gifts of a commanding defensive figure, giving us the much needed physical presence we seem to lack in defence. He has an admirable use of his body, being able to follow the drift of even the most nifty attackers. Though yet to win to make his debut with the Oranje, the 23-year old product of Groningen still has a lot of football in him to establish him as one of the strongest defenders of his generation. Unlike his fellow Dutchman, Ron Vlaar, who’s continued to be linked with us, Van Dijk still has the potential to improve important aspects of his game being only 23, while being more likely to play to instruction and in collaboration to his older teammates.
Van Dijk could come with a twin baggage, as some observe he could also be handy as a defensive midfielder, with his technical abilities of a considerable rating.
Wenger simply cannot afford not to sign a defender within the next 5 weeks as the success of our campaign would depend on the solidity of our back four. Whereas Koscielny and Mertesacker formed a solid partnership last season to keep us steady, recurring concerns in the Frenchman’s Achilles is bringing his career on the vestiges of the situation surrounding the eventual wane in the form of ex-captain Thomas Vermaelen and rather than wait till he will be fit enough to reclaim his place, it is necessary that a strong capable competitor be brought in.
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