Scouting For Wenger: 3 Strong Physical Defenders That Arsenal Should Sign Next Season

Arsenal seems to be losing its charm in the second half of the season again. And Gooners all over the world are frustrated with the team again. Well, they at least won the FA cup for the past 2 seasons. But this season they have almost lost all hopes of winning any silverware. Arsenal are currently 4th in the EPL table and it seems only a miracle can lead them to win the EPL this season. And that’s the only hope of silverware they have. Their defense has looked quite miserable at times and has let them down quite often. Laurent Koscielny seems to be the only stalwart in defence. Per Mertesacker looks nowhere near his best. Gabriel Paulista still looks a bit immature on the pitch. With that, the fans have asked the club to get more physical and dominant centre-backs to come in the next transfer season.  Let us look at 3 such centre-backs that Arsenal should sign next season that to bolster their defense.

Virgil van Dijk-

The Dutchman currently plays as a centre-back for fellow EPL side Southampton. He spent two fruitful seasons with Scottish side Celtic and then Ronald Koeman got him to sign a 5 year deal with Southampton for 13 million pounds. And what a season he has had. Not many have noticed but he is right up there with the top performers in EPL this season. In his very first season, he has already made 30 appearances out of a possible 34. He has won 66% of his average duels and has won 41 tackles with a 60% succession rate. He has also made 88 interceptions, 242 clearances, and 18 blocks. All of this in just one season. He has also scored 3 goals and created 8 chances. That speaks volume about the Dutchman. Ronald Koeman always seems to find out the right guy. Van Dijk is a strong defender who possesses great control over his tackles and on the ball. He also has an average pass accuracy of 83%. That’s something praiseworthy for a centre-back. He looks like a complete package. At just 24 years of age, he has been one of the top performers in the EPL. He has also adapted well to the English game. With age, he will only get better and Arsenal should waste no time and try to sign this talented youngster.

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Written by Subrata Roy

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