Arsenal among the favourites to sign Dutch international defender

Arsenal among the favourites to sign Dutch international defender

van Dijk

According to HITC Sport (via Bet Victor) the Gunners are “second favorites” to acquire Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk.

Per Mertesacker recently suffered a knee injury that will keep him out of the lineup for at least a few months, and van Dijk would be a great option as a replacement.

Van Dijk was purchased by Southampton last summer for a deal worth about £13 million, and with the dutch defender coming off a good season, it is likely that Arsenal would need to pay more than £13 million to acquire van Dijk.

Van Dijk is 6 years younger than Mertesacker, and he would have a great chance to keep the starting job even when Mertesacker returns later in the season.

In fact, van Dijk was better than Mertesacker in just about every defensive statistical category last season, including tackles, interceptions, clearances, and blocks.

As of now, there are no official reports connecting van Dijk to a move to the Emirates, but purchasing the Southampton defender would seem to make a lot of sense for the Gunners.

Van Dijk to Arsenal is not likely at this point, but it is something to keep an eye on if you’re an Arsenal fan.



  1. Man City are willing to pay £50m for stones, Arsenal would have to pay about £75m as VVD is imo the best defender in the premier league….. IMO

  2. This article is clearly based on what ‘Thomas Sokol’ would like to happen in his fantasy world and not based on a single shred of truth. To reiterate what’s already been said; VVD has recently signed a new deal and it would take an absolutely astronomical offer for Saints to even consider it and even then a move would still be highly unlikely considering VVD is viewed as an integral part of our defence for years to come.

    This is nothing more than another nonsense article uploaded to another nonsense football forum written speculatively by someone who hasn’t got a clue.

  3. Just signed a new 5 year deal. You say arsenal are among the favorites to sign him and then say a deal is unlikely! You also say that is likely that arsenal would have to pay more than 13 million! Likely!! What an utterly pointless article, and i use the word article in the loosest possible sense.