£10m Celtic star to complete Arsenal defence?

If the Arsenal transfer rumours of this week are to be trusted, the Gunners were beaten to one of our main defensive transfer targets by the Italian Serie A club Roma. The player in question was the Greece international centre back Kostas Manolas and then we were linked with his international colleague Sokratis.

But having been drawn against his current club Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League group stage, that transfer looks pretty unlikely to me. So Arsenal still need a centre back, even though young Calum Chambers’ first few games as a Gunner suggest that the 19-year old could become a real rock at the heart of our defence in the future.

Now, according to a Daily Star report, Arsene Wenger may have found his man north of the border, in the shape of the Dutch centre back Virgil van Dijk.

The 23-year old has reaaly flourished since joining Celtic last summer and the Scottish champions’ failure to make it into the UCL draw has caused van Dijk to want to move on to bigger and better things. And the paper thinks that a bid of around £10 million would be enough to bring the Dutchman to north London.

At 6ft 4in, van Dijk certainly has plenty of physical presence, but he is quick and talented as well and is still learning his trade, so would not baulk at having to sit on the bench while Mertesacker and Koscielny started most of our games.

I like the idea of this transfer, how about you guys?

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  1. muffdiver says:

    2 days left till all this bullsh*t is over.

    1. davidnz says:

      Arsenal in late move to sign
      Sébastien Squillaci and
      star striker Emile Heskey.

      1. Twig says:

        This is 2014 window David not 2004. Wake up!

        1. davidnz says:

          Lol 🙂

      2. Gigi2 says:

        LOL Davidnz,
        You missed out that we re afterDugarry being french and all that

  2. Greg says:

    Lets hope its true and not another fabricated story by the media!

    1. davidnz says:

      Yes its true alright
      Emile William Ivanhoe Heskey
      is on his way to lead the line
      at the Emirates.

  3. Tas says:


    1. jeff says:

      Why? Yes I would be absolutely delighted if we were to get Falcao but 20 mil for one season is a ton of money. Arsenal is not in the same league financial wise as city. But I do hope that he has a surprise left for us…

      1. Tas says:

        You do know City was fined by FFP for overspending, we can copeat with any team in the world with buying players


        1. Tidan2 says:

          you can’t even copeat with little kids in spelling

          1. Tas says:

            Tinda2 you sad case are you training to be teacher when you grow up?? For your information I speak fluent in four languages so exuse me for my spelling.

          2. Tidan2 says:

            haha, I was wondering when I would be attacked for being the grammar police. Fair enough.

      2. Gundam says:

        it isn’t really any different to buying him outright and only getting him playing at top level for 3 seasons… he is already 29?

    2. RSH says:

      dont believe the City rumours. Aguero, Jovetic, Dzeko, Negredo. Even with Negredo injured, 3 top strikers, they have no need for Falcao. And is this a caughtoffside rumour cause thats the only place ive seen it>_>

    3. ethangooner says:

      Won’t believe it until I see it official. A lot of reputed journalists are claiming Falcao’s agent is trying to get his client a new club but without a big dent on his client reported 300k pound/week wage. At 28 and spent more than half of last season injured and still command a transfer of 40M beside his riddiculous wage, no responsible manager will buy him.

    4. par says:

      he loves shitty

  4. ravi2485 says:


  5. NY_Gunner says:

    Virgil would be a very good replacement for TV5. But he would want 1st team football.

  6. cardo87 says:

    I’m never keen on players from Celtic. I’m sure he’s a star in the SPL… But the EPL is different gear. I’m not saying he’s not up to it, I ain’t seen the kid play. Probably BS anyway.

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      I always thought that he was too good for Celtic to be honest. The thing I’m not sold on is, as soon a Hoops got knocked out of CL, he wanted out. He’s only been there a “hot minute”…

      1. cardo87 says:

        Yeah fair one mate. Like I say I ain’t seen him play so the jury is out for me. Let’s see what happens.

  7. Tidan2 says:

    If he is fine with not starting until he proves himself (so he needs to have a desire to compete) he should be adequate as a backup CB.

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      Exactly. But I think he would be more than an adequate back up…

      1. Tidan2 says:

        I haven’t seen him play properly but winning clubs tend to instil a winning mentality in their players, add that to his size and pace and what I have seen of his technical ability he looks good.

        People who say he isn’t world class need to keep in mind that Kos and Mert aren’t going to be benched unless they suddenly change from brilliant to bad (mertesacker doesn’t use pace so I can’t see that happening for quite a while and Kos is only getting better).

        Him and another very good signing and i’m very satisfied with the summer.

  8. xhafeezx says:

    Stig tøfting anyone??

    1. davidnz says:

      Nah don’t like whale blood wine 🙂

  9. Sumo says:

    Costa out for a minimum of 4-6 weeks. Meaning he will not be playing today. Hoping for a gaint killing today.

    ManC s vs Stoke. Hope Shawcross is in the mood today.

    Anyone think ManU can cause a upset by beating Burnley? I mean, clearly this is a six pointer in a relegation battle.
    1 point from 2 games.
    19 points from 38 games.

    1. cardo87 says:

      Sky sports say he’s available

      1. Sumo says:

        You killed me already.

  10. Twig says:

    BOOM: “Arsenal have tabled an improved €27 million bid for Sporting midfielder William Carvalho.”

    1. mike1977 says:

      Pray that this comes off.

    2. mr lean says:

      Source please twig

      1. RSH says:

        its Goal.com >_>

        1. PC says:

          OT: “Madrid in advance talks to sign Falcao”, from the reliable source L’equip.
          This means, if they’re getting him, wenger is going for Benzema.

          1. jermaineBryan says:

            Peg for benzema I’d more likely but at least at arsenal he will keep Olivier as his back up for both club and country

    3. fizz says:

      Link and source…

  11. xhafeezx says:

    How about harry kewell?!!

  12. mesüt says:

    Funny thing is that this summer alone we have been linked with 108 players.

    1. RSH says:

      i dont believe that… At least double, lol

  13. lol2304 says:

    just watching di maria debut for manure and MAN DID REAL LOSE THEIR PRECIOUS GEM!! he’s gonna be great in EPL!! arsenal needs a player like him SOO BAD :/

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      ManU players are gonna take a while to get up to his standard…

    2. Twig says:

      RM are silly to let him go. Rodriguez isn’t a wide player and they’re trying to play him on the wings. Di Maria offers pace and energy. In my opinion, Madrid should have gone for either Kroos or Rodriguez but not both.

      1. hahahahaspuds says:

        It’s weird to think that, in the space of just over a year, Madrid have managed to sell Higuain, Ozil, di Maria and Alonso.

  14. mr lean says:

    While I will wait until Tuesday to air my views on Wenger I find it a bit strange that our club with its increased financial fire power is waiting yet again to complete last minute buys.

    1. Sumo says:

      We spend 66 mil already. While i admit we need reinforcements i think its fair enough to say this window has been better than the last with better players.

      1. Daedric_Lord says:

        21 mil. net spending

        1. RSH says:

          and thats a bad thing? Check Chelsea’s net spending…

  15. Malik says:

    arsenal really seems keen on carvalho he must be VERY good if arsene is happy to spend 30m on a kid, let’s get it done

  16. davidnz says:

    Memphis depay in talks
    with Arsenal.

    1. RSH says:

      not possible, he signed a contract extension with PSV about a week ago. Unless we are completely overpaying for him, its probably false. what is your source?

  17. butters says:

    I hope Wenger signs 2-3more players and sell none

  18. nickw says:

    Wenger has offered a free stadium tour and a used set of training bibs for Remy. Happy days.

  19. Cartman says:

    How do you pronounce his name? I hope the “j” is not silent. 🙁

    I remember there used to be a premier league player called asswind or something. That was worse though. I don’t want any embarrassing names for our rivals to make fun of us.

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