Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Arsenal Eyes Belgian Central Defender

Arsenal may have an all-Belgian partnership at the centre of their defence in the future as enquiries have been made about Ajax star Jan Vertonghen.

Manager Arsene Wenger has made strengthening his defensive options his chief priority after William Gallas and Mikael Silvestre both left the Emirates Stadium at the end of last season and are currently free agents.
Jan Vertonghen is a target for Arsenal Jan Vertonghen is a target for Arsenal

Meanwhile, Philippe Senderos has completed his transfer to Fulham.

Laurent Koscielny has arrived from French outfit Lorient to provide extra cover at the heart of the defence, but more reinforcements may be required if Wenger's side are to sustain a strong Premier League title challenge.

One of the names being hyped is Vertonghen, with Arsenal already being linked with a £10 million move for the 23-year-old.

Vertonghen, who can also play at left back or as a holding midfielder, feels that he would benefit from one more year in Holland, although he would jump at the chance to join forces with his old team-mate Thomas Vermaelen once again at Arsenal.

In an interview with Goal.com, he said: "We have never played together in central defence, perhaps because we are both left-footed, either for Ajax or the national team.

"I lost a friend when he went to Arsenal but for my career it was good. We get on really well. I speak to him, sometimes a few times a week. He tells me really good things about Arsenal and living in London."

Senegal defender Papa Diakhate and Everton's Phil Jagielka are other potential targets for Arsenal, while they can also call on the services of Johan Djourou after knee surgery which meant he missed almost all of last season.

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