Arsenal line up Villa captain as defensive woes continue - report

Arsene Wenger has been linked with a move for Aston Villa captain Ron Vlaar.

According to the Daily Mail, Arsenal are preparing a fresh approach for the Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar as they seek a solution to their defensive woes. 

The Gunners failed in their pursuit of the Dutchman throughout the closing days of the summer transfer window, following the departure of Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona, but look set to make a second approach. 

Emirates chief Arsene Wenger is committed to signing a new central defender at the turn of the year after it became abundantly clear they are short of options in the position. After a disappointing conclusion to their summer business, recent performances have served to highlight frailties in the squad, particularly amongst the back-four.

The club's most recent fixture, a European tie with Belgian outfit Anderlecht, saw them sacrifice a three-goal lead, as they emerged red-faced from a 3-3 draw. This capitulation further underlined the club's need to reinforce in a defensive capacity come the January transfer period. 

Ron Vlaar has made 65 Premier League appearances for Villa since he signed from Feyenoord for £3.2m in 2012. An experienced voice and sense of authority, with the captain in the side the Midlands outfit concede an average of 1.6 goals per game.

During his absence, the club have played 21 times without him, managing just three wins and conceding an average two goals per match.   

The Dutch international, who impressed during the summer World Cup, finds himself out of contract at Villa Park come the end of the season. While Paul Lambert's side will be reluctant to lose their star man, it makes sense to cash in on his services before he walks out the back door for free in July. 

At 29 years of age, one would imagine the Dutchman would like to test himself at the highest level, playing for one of the Premier League's big boys - one last throw of the dice, so to speak.

Having previously been linked with a move to Old Trafford with Manchester United, and considering he is yet to sign a new deal, a January move to Arsenal is certainly plausible. 

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