Ray Parlour: Celtic’s Virgil van Dijk would be a ‘good signing’ for Arsenal

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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour backs the Gunners to make a move for Celtic centre-back Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window.

Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes that Virgil van Dijk would be a good signing.

The Celtic defender has been linked with a move to the Gunners in the January transfer window due to the injuries the North London club are suffering at the moment.

The 23-year-old central defender is one of the best in his position in the Scottish Premiership, having joined Celtic from Groningen in the summer of 2013.

Van Dijk will reportedly cost Arsenal £8 million, and Parlour seems to be of the opinion that the Premier League outfit should pay that money to get the Dutchman.

‘Van Dijk would be a good signing’, the former England international midfielder told talkSPORT. ‘Arsenal look really short at the back. Koscielny is out now for a little while, which is another blow.

‘Arsene is just hoping he can get through to January. He’s got to go out and buy a couple of defenders. He needs to strengthen if they’re going to have a serious run on the Premier League title. You need to have a big squad’.

There has always been a lingering suspicion that Wenger made a mistake in not signing a top-class centre-back in the summer transfer window, and the injury to Laurent Koscielny means that they are now short in that position.

With Mathieu Debuchy injured, Calum Chambers has been deputising at right-back, which means that Arsenal need a centre-back. And it seems that Van Dijk has been earmarked for that role.

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