Arsenal failed to sign any replacement for Thomas Vermaelen during the summer transfer window and now, the club is planning a January swoop for Celtic defender Van Dijk.

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen refused to sign a contract extension in the summer and the club was forced to sale him to FC Barcelona. However, Arsenal failed to sign any replacement for the Belgian and the club management has decided to make a January move for Celtic and Holland defender Virgil van Dijk.

Meanwhile, reports coming from London have also confirmed the interest of Arsenal in Van Dijk. The Daily Mail report claims that: “Arsenal are monitoring Celtic central-defender Virgil van Dijk ahead of a potential January swoop. The Gunners made a deadline day enquiry for the Holland international but their move for the centre-half came too late. But scouts will continue to keep tabs on Van Dijk in the coming weeks with a view to a possible move in January.”

Arsenal were linked with a move for the likes of Kosta Manolas and Mehdi Benatia during the summer but the club failed in its pursuit as both the players signed for AS Roma and Bayern Munich respectively. Arsene Wenger only has Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as experienced central defenders at his disposal and strengthening this area of the pitch will be the first priority of the Frenchman in January.

Virgil van Dijk signed for Celtic from Groningen last summer and has become a regular starter for the Scottish champions ever since his arrival.

New Signing Welbeck Will Prove A Great Signing For Arsenal: Wilshere

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has claimed that deadline day signing Danny Welbeck will prove a great addition for the Gunners in years to come.

“Welbeck is a great addition for Arsenal and hopefully he will keep performing for England as well,” Wilshere told reporters. “He has got great enthusiasm, he wants to run, he will track back, and he has got great quality.

“A lot of people don’t give him credit for his technical ability, but he is great on the ball. I am sure there were a few clubs wanting him and there are not many players his age who move from one big club to another big club so that shows his quality.”

First choice striker Olivier Giroud injured his ankle during the game against Everton and Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was forced to sign Danny Welbeck on the last day of transfer window.