It’s been a tough start to the season for the Gunners as Unai Emery’s men were handed an opening fixture against Manchester City, quickly followed by a match against Chelsea – two games which they lost.
After 22 years of Arsene Wenger, Arsenal decided to bring in the former PSG boss and although they have now won three out of their last three Premier League games, it’s been a steep learning curve for the Gunners.
Emery is trying to institute a style of play where he likes his defenders to play out from the back and press up high from the front. In order to try and embed that style of play, Arsenal brought in five new players over the summer including former Borussia Dortmund defender, Sokratis Papastathopoulos to try and address the club’s leaky defence. However, according to former Celtic assistant manager, John Collins on beIN Sports, Arsenal were keen on Virgil Van Dijk but decided that the Dutch defender was “too nonchalant”.
The path from Celtic to Southampton is a well-trodden one with Van Dijk making the move down south much like Victor Wanyama, Fraser Forster and Stuart Armstrong. After establishing himself in the Southampton side, Van Dijk made the £75 million move to Liverpool and is emerging as one of the best defenders in the league and possibly, Europe.
Given the Gunners’ poor history at the back, missing out on the imposing defender looks like it may come back to haunt them. For just £12 million, Arsenal could’ve finally brought in an adequate partner to pair up with Laurent Koscielny.
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