Arsenal legend urges club to beat Man United to key signing

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has urged his previous club to land Celtic’s Virgil Van Dijk, as reported in the Express.

The Gunners are said to have made a last ditch attempt to sign the Dutch defender on deadline day, only for Celtic to refuse his sale due to their restricted time to to find a replacement.

They are not expected to stop the defender from making the step-up to the Premier League, with Arsenal and Manchester United both reported to being keen on his signing.

The rivals have both been forced to dip into their reserves to fill their defences this season, with both clubs having failed in the previous window.

The North-London club allowed Thomas Vermaelen to join Barcelona over the summer, and failed to sign a replacement before the window closed, and have also fallen foul to many injuries, forcing them to use Hector Bellerin from their reserves, and are expected to field Nacho Monreal out of position this weekend.

Parlour said: “Van Dijk would be a good signing.

“Arsenal look really short at the back. Koscielny is out now for a little while, which is another blow.”

Updated: October 18, 2014 — 10:10 am
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