Arsenal picked up a late point as they drew 1-1 with Southampton at St Mary’s on Sunday, and Gunners fans have urged their club to sign Saints defender Virgil van Dijk.
The north London outfit would have been looking to bounce back from the 3-1 defeat against Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium last Sunday – when they conceded two early goals – but they made a similarly poor start on the south coast when Charlie Austin scored in the third minute.
Nacho Monreal and the returning Per Mertesacker were at fault for the goal, while van Dijk – who was heavily linked with Liverpool during the summer – was his usual composed self at the other end, showing his quality on the ball and his strength in the air – although he may have been disappointed with Olivier Giroud’s equaliser.
Arsenal fans were quick to have their say on the Dutchman via social media, and while one said “Wenger should break the bank for van Dijk in January”, another is more confident they will get him and said “pretty sure Arsene will sign VVD in January”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Bring VVD to Arsenal this season and we'll be far more solid
— JordJW (@jord_jjw) December 10, 2017
Maybe.. but even he has a mistake in him. I just think we need a revamp defensively. We need a VVD type guy in the centre.
— Always Arsenal (@imTrafalgar) December 10, 2017
Pretty sure Arsene will sign VVD in January. Onwards and upwards
— AFC BAM (@ArsenalBam) December 10, 2017
based on how todays game went alone arsenal should be putting a deal in place for VVD already.. u dnt have to be special to see that we need him!
— müfLion MD (@mufasa_gooner) December 10, 2017
Think Arsenal may need to look to replace Koscielny. He looks past his sell by date and is getting exposed too easily by average players for example, Lingard and Austin. Virgil Van Dijk and Stefan De Vrij are the top 2 defenders on Arsène Wenger’s radar. #AFC #TransferNews pic.twitter.com/H22PMCs016
— Arsenal Talk (@ArsenalTalk24) December 10, 2017
Arsenal should be trying to do a deal with Southampton that involves the likes of Walcott, Chambers, Romeu and Van Dijk.
— Josh Benson (@joshbenson1310) December 10, 2017
@Arsenal SIGN VAN DIJK IN JANUARY
— Jack Griffin (@jackgriffinn10) December 10, 2017
Van Dijk and Hummel, surly the time has arrived to try to sign defenders like this who are up for a move. pic.twitter.com/GNVKgxYTjg
— Peter. (@Peterspint1664) December 10, 2017
Sign Van Dijk right now https://t.co/WacH00qXu9
— Obiora (@IAmJibbz) December 10, 2017
Clear to see winger should break the bank for van dijk in January. I wonder which attacking midfielder hel sign instead
— tony mills (@t0nymills) December 10, 2017
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