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Gunners have their work cut out at Anfield 0

Posted on December 29, 2018 by David Nugent

Arsenal head to face in-form league leaders Arsenal later today. The game will be a massive test of the Gunners newfound resolve under Spanish boss Unai Emery. Liverpool are unbeaten this season in the Premier League and the Merseysiders are now six points clear at the top of the table. Jurgen Klopp’s side are truly formidable opponents at the moment.

A potential defensive crisis

Despite an improvement in form since Emery’s arrival, the Gunners defence has still looked vulnerable this season. At times, they have been lucky and probably should have conceded more goals.

Arsenal 10/1 to sign Van Dijk, as Mustafi looks set for Gunners exit 1

Posted on August 25, 2017 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Express, Italian giants Inter are set to seal a deal for Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi before the summer transfer window closes next Thursday. The deal is reportedly a loan deal, with the option of Inter purchasing the German defender next summer.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has refused to deny that the centre-back could leave the club before Thursday deadline, which has added fuel to the fire of the story.

Mustafi has only spent one season with Arsenal. When Arsenal brought in the former-Valencia star last summer, most Gunners celebrated the centre-back’s arrival. The north London team had needed a strong centre-back for a while and Mustafi seemed to be the answer.

Reporter claims that Van Dijk’s agent have met with Arsenal chiefs 0

Posted on August 24, 2017 by David Nugent

According to ESPN journalist James Dodd, representatives of Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk have met with Arsenal hierarchy about the Dutchman moving to north London.

Arsenal fan Dodd tweeted: “#AFC have met with Van Dijk & his reps but I’m fairly sure all the big PL clubs have. I guess Saints would rather sell to us than Liverpool.”

Van Dijk is one of the most in-demand stars in the Premier League, having been linked with moves to Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea. However, Southampton insists that their star defender is not for sale, despite the Saints signing compatriot Wesley Hoedt earlier this week.

Arsenal join Virgil van Dijk chase 0

Posted on July 17, 2017 by Milos Markovic

Southampton wantaway star Virgil van Dijk looks set to leave his club during the summer transfer window.

The Dutch defender was expected to join Liverpool earlier this summer but his desired move to Anfield collapsed after the Reds were accused of foul play in the transfer market. Liverpool were forced to issue a public apology to Southampton and seemingly give up on the Dutch defender, which just might not be entirely true.

Liverpool are not out of contention for the highly-rated centre-back and are expected to come back with an offer for van Dijk, which would this time be officially made as it should have been in the first place.

Arsenal reportedly target defensive trio 0

Posted on November 07, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are targeting Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar, Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk and Manchester United’s Chris Smalling as defensive signings in January. All three have reportedly previously been targets for the Gunners and now seem to be back on their radar.


As we all know the Gunners are short of central defensive cover and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that he will look at strengthening his backline in January. Arsenal’s vulnerability at the back was exposed on Wednesday night in the Champions League, as they threw away a three goal lead to draw 3-3 with Anderlecht.

Arsenal believed to be trailing French and Dutch defenders 0

Posted on October 15, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal could be set to make a move for Marseille’s young centre-back Stephane Sparanga.

The 19-year-old’s contract with the French side expires in December, so the Gunners could snap him up for a bargain fee. Sparanga can also play as a defensive midfielder, which means he would provide Arsenal with cover for two vulnerable positions.


With the versatile France under-20 international potentially available for a bargain fee there are a number of clubs believed to be showing an interest in signing him, including French side Rennes and Italian Serie A side Udinese.

Gunners reportedly tracking Celtic’s Dutch defender 0

Posted on September 06, 2014 by David Nugent

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal could dip into the transfer market in January to sign more defensive cover. Laurent Koscielny’s recent injury worries have made the Gunners defensive resources look slightly flimsy. The Mail claims that Celtic’s Dutch star Virgil van Dijk could be a January transfer target.

Deadline enquiry

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was scouring the market for a new centre-back on deadline day and the veteran French boss was linked with moves for the likes of Ron Vlaar and Matija Nastastic. It is now believed that Wenger also made an enquiry about Van Dijk on deadline day, but it came too late for any move to happen.

Would Dutch youngster be a useful January signing? 0

Posted on January 16, 2014 by David Nugent

According to Sky Sports, Arsenal are tracking Celtic’s Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk. The 22-year-old centre-back has impressed for the Hoops this season since joining the Scottish champions from Dutch Eredivisie team Groningen in the summer.


The highly-rated youngster is happy at Celtic Park, but he has not ruled out a move away from the Scottish capital. He told Dutch football magazine Voetbal International: “It’s fantastic that such top teams are being linked to you.

“I haven’t spoken with anyone yet, but it’s always a good sign, but I am enjoying it here at Celtic. The first six months were fantastic.”

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