Should Emery wrap up deal after Arsenal told to make move and sign Premier League defender Vertonghen in January
SHOULD ARSENAL SIGN VERTONGHEN FROM TOTTENHAM?
Arsenal should shock rivals Tottenham and snap up Jan Vertonghen on a free transfer, says Darren Bent.
Now we all know that Arsenal were linked with some of the best central defenders in the games over the summer transfer window, as reports suggested that Unai Emery was going to be massively backed in the transfer window in order to get the club back challenging for that Title.
But despite all the speculation and despite all the rumours, the Gunners chief only managed to secure deals for Kieran Tierney and Willian Saliba, while also shocking many in the Premier League and signing David Luiz from Chelsea for just £8 million right at the death of the transfer window.
But those signings have not solved their defensive issues at the club and there has been talk that Arsenal may try and sign a few players during the January window, especially if Emery wants to keep his job at the club and continue beyond the season.
And Bent RECENTLY urged Arsenal to try and raid Spurs for their defender Vertonghen, who is able to talk to prospective clubs during the January window as he is out of contract at the end of the season, he told Football Insider: “Jan Vertonghen, playing at the centre of the defence, are there too many more that are going to be better than him? If you’re going to take him on a free, Arsenal could do with him.
“If he’s on a free don’t be surprised if they’re in the mix for him as well.
“I think it’s a situation they need to address but at the same time I wouldn’t want to see these players walk away for nothing.
“It’s a difficult one, they’re down to a free, they’re obviously not going to sign new contracts so what do you do?”
SHOULD THE GUNNERS COMPLETE A DEAL?
Look we are not saying that this Arsenal back-line is that bad, but it is not up to the standard that it needs to be in order to get this Arsenal side challenging for that Premier League title once again, something that the Arsenal board are keen on.
Vertonghen has been brilliant for Tottenham over the past few seasons, but his step has got a bit slower and he does not look like the player he was last year, so even though he may be a good signing on a free, Arsenal need a more fresher defender.
And if he does leave Spurs, then Tottenham also need to find a solid solution.
SO AT THE END OF THE DAY, ARSENAL SHOULD NOT MAKE A MOVE FOR VERTONGHEN AS HE IS NO LONGER THE PLAYER HE ONCE WAS.
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