With all of our thoughts concentrating on how Arsenal can improve in midfield or in attack, it seems that recently no attention has been paid to strengthening our defence.
However, reports are now suggesting that the Gunners are monitoring the situation with regards to the availability of Ajax’s Gregory van der Wiel. It is not the first time the Dutch ace has been linked with a move to the Premier League, with Newcastle and Chelsea having earlier declared an interest in securing his signature.
Van der Wiel is a product of the renowned Ajax academy and has been a first-team regular for the past four seasons. He made his debut for the national side in 2009 and also was part of the team who narrowly lost to Spain in the final of the 2010 World Cup. That year he also won the ‘Young Player of the Year’ in the Netherlands.
Despite two clean sheets after the first two games this season, the club needs to bolster their defence and Van der Wiel may the solution. With Vermaelen able to operate at the left of the back four or in the middle and Mertesacker and Koscielny in central defence, it seems that we are weakest at right-back.
With Sagna still side-lined with a broken leg, Carl Jenkinson has had to deputise. But he does not possess the same quality as the rest and is certainly the weak link. Van der Wiel would be perfect. He is quick, likes to push forward but most importantly can defend. He has four years of first-team experience and is also an international. There is no doubt he can be the long-term successor for Sagna.
With deadline day almost upon us, Arsene is running out of time to strengthen the squad.