Arsenal’s Belgium ace Thomas Vermaelen may or may not leave the Emirates this summer following speculations that he has already agreed a fee with Manchester United but knowing Arsenal’s history in the recent past, anything is bound to happen. The central defensive unit of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker have been up to the task for the London club but Wenger will be in the lookout for a quality centre back who can give competition to the French-German pair for a starting eleven spot. Today we provide our readers our results of a scouting mission on which three defenders will plug the hole as Vermaelen is set for the exit from the FA Cup winners.
The 25 year old Belgian plays more of a right back despite being an efficient centre back for Atletico Madrid. The former Ajax man is a brilliant defender on his day and an imposing presence at the back who revels in front foot defending. Alderweireld hardly commits himself into tackles, which is his biggest asset and his ability to intercept at the back will excite Wenger to sign him from the Rojiblancos in the summer.Toby Alderweireld is valued at around £8.8m, which may very well fall into Wenger’s criteria of a defensive signing. However, rivals Tottenham are interested in the Belgian as well which could lead to a bidding war.
Spurs’s new manger Mauricio Pochettino is set to revive their defensive lineup and Alderweireld could be a perfect choice. In any case, the Atletico Madrid defender will prefer a club which offers regular first team football. Can Wenger offer this Belgium ace what he needs to bring him to the Emirates? After all, he is versatile and a best possible replacement if Vermaelen leaves.