Patrick van Aanholt is still an option for Arsenal

Arsenal considering signing Dutch star

Arsenal are believed to be open to the idea of landing Crystal Palace’s defender Patrick Van Aanholt this summer.

The initial enquiries were made for the Dutch international all the way back in January. But no offer was put forward to The Eagles.

Although the Gunners prefer a younger profile for the back-up left back position, Van Aanholt’s homegrown status and contractual situation is appealing.

The 30-year-old’s contract at the Selhurst Park concludes at the end of the current month. Thus, it is likely he will have several suitors.

The defender, who came up through Chelsea’s academy set-up has vast experience in playing in the Premier League. The former Sunderland man has made 213 league appearances, scoring an impressive 21 times while assisting a further 15.

The teams that he has featured for in England include Crystal Palace, Sunderland, Coventry City, Leicester City, Newcastle United and Wigan Athletic.

Thus, he comes with a heavy baggage of experience in English football. Aanholt also boasts experience in Netherlands’ Eredivisie with Vitesse Arnhem, and of course he is currently with the Holland national side at the Euros.

The Dutchman made 23 appearances for The Eagles last campaign and 134 in total. However, his journey appears to be coming to an end at South London.

Arsenal can save a few millions if they sign Van Aanholt on a free. The deal can free up cash for other “priority areas” like the central attacking midfield, defensive midfield and at center-back.

But my opinion is still the same: Arsenal should only look at younger players who can be sold for a profit. What do you guys think?

Yash Bisht

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  1. gunnerforlife says:

    He has experience and can be a good choice for Arsenal, perfect backup for KT. The fact he is coming free without any transfer fee can be beneficial for Arsenal as the money can be used in other areas.

  2. guy says:

    agree as long as he’s not goung to be an expensive albatross. Not a bad player.

    OT – FIRST TRANSFER!!!!!!!!!! lol
    (Trae Coyle to Lausanne. No of course we didnt get any money…)

  3. jon fox says:

    Living near Palace, as I do, I have a number of Palace supporting friends. None of them rates PvA at all. That will do for me. Another non viable rumour to join all the rest on JA.

  4. ainslee Hafeni says:

    Patrick Van Anholt is the best then even Bertrand lets go for Dutchman this would be an excellent signing.

  5. Lucia says:

    Off topic
    Concerning our cb position. I see a whole lot of player calling saliba our best cb, he is this he is that. A timely reminder that french league is way below premier league. How many players that came through France that is tearing it up in the epl? I would say not many. Gabriel for the first few games was outstanding then epl happened to him, the games are thick, quick and fast. No time to dwindle or catch your breath. So instead of whyning let’s all calm down and see this guy first in the epl. Now if my memory is correct arteta was playing willock regular that some fans was not happy about. The truth is, some players are more suitable to other teams. If the price is right I say we cash in on willock. Arteta doesn’t rate holding much, I remember even when he came he played mustafi ahead of holding. One player I can assure you that Arteta has full faith in is chambers and he didn’t disappoint him. Chambers has grit which holding lacks, lack of concentration has stalled holding and I think we should move him on. Gabriel needs a solid season to convince many people he is the real deal in that cb. While everyone is clamouring for a lb, or back up lb, we don’t even have a first choice rb. Or are we going to pretend chambers will play there whole season supposing bellerin left? Oh and believe me by the end of this window Ben white will be an arsenal player. He is what we thought holding should be. If I was in charge of arsenal transfer I will look to put this players in the market

    Kolasinac( he’s gonna leave anyways)
    Mavropanos( whom I thought was worth keeping but it looks he is going)
    Runnarson( loan this guy to an epl or championship team)

    Elneny is worth keeping, he doesn’t complain, a solid squad player.
    Replace willock with Azzez, replace nkethia with balogun, replace nelson with patino.

    Buy a new rb, back up lb, cb, CAM, gk if Leno leaves, retain Matt Ryan because he is a gunner and he will play his heart out. Buy a striker in the mould of Isak, tall,quick, technically good.

    Then hope players like partey, Gabriel,pepe have a good season.

  6. Lucia says:

    AMN typo error.
    Aubameyang will have a good season.
    Holding,willock,AMN,nelson,bellerin, Leno if he is going should earn us a good amount to reinvest it in new players.
    Holding: English, tall, young, good player £25-30m
    AMN: English, quick, versatile,young : £20-25m.(in my opinion,didn’t have a good loan at westbrom. And if he knows what’s good for him, he should stick to rb/rwb)
    Willock: English, versatile,quick,young:£30-35m( considering what he did at NFC)
    Nelson: I feel his hype got the better of him. wether a loan or permanent for his own good.
    Leno: prime age, a good goalie: £30-35m.
    Nkethia: English,young,quick: £30-35m considering Brewster went for £30m
    Bellerin: young, quick, versatile: £35-40m.
    Anything other than this prices then it’s going to be a bad sale considering how much other teams sell their players.

    1. jon fox says:

      Lucia, I don;t know whether you actually know there has been a world wide disease called Covid!

      It seems, by your fantasy prices for would be sales that you have no idea that Covid has changed all footbalf finances fundamentally. All you hoped for prices are at least twice as high as any realistic possibity, some far more than twice too.

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