Arsenal should consider going for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld

Toby Alderweireld of Belgium during the  UEFA Nations league match between Belgium  v Iceland  at the Koning Boudewijn Stadium on November 15, 2018 in Brussel

The Gunners have been rocked by Rob Holding's long-term knee injury, while the Spurs defender is out of contract at the end of the season.

London, England - December 05, 2018

Arsenal have been dealt a huge blow in the shape of Rob Holding being ruled out for up to nine months.

The defender ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during Wednesday's 2-2 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Holding's injury provides yet another headache for Unai Emery, who remains without centre-back Laurent Koscielny and left-back Nacho Monreal.

 

The 23-year-old Englishman's injury may well prompt a dip in the January transfer market to source a replacement.

One potentially available option comes with the added benefit of weakening a Premier League rival and angering rival fans.

Toby Alderweireld, Tottenham Hotspur's centre-back, is contracted to the club only until the end of the season and has not yet signed a new deal.

The Belgian defender has been a solid performer for Spurs since joining from Atletico Madrid in 2015, making 127 appearances for the Lilywhites so far.

Iceland's forward Albert Gudmundsson (L) vies with Belgium's defender Toby Alderweireld (R) during the UEFA Nations League  football match between Belgium and Iceland at the King Baudouin...

ESPN has previously claimed that Spurs wanted £70million for him when Manchester United were said to be interested, while Transfermarkt values him at £36million.

Then there is the report in The Times that claimed Tottenham have the option to trigger a one-year extension, but it would also give Alderweireld a release clause of around £25million as of summer 2019.

There is much to ponder over with regards to Arsenal potentially going down this road in January.

Would Alderweireld even entertain such an offer and risk becoming a pariah at Spurs like fellow centre-back Sol Campbell before him?

Falcao of Porto is tackled by Sol Campbell of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 match between Arsenal and FC Porto at the Emirates Stadium on March 9, 2010 in London,...

Would Tottenham agree to sell him to their bitterest rivals considering the blow to their integrity and credibility among their own supporters?

If Spurs consider offers for Alderweireld, how likely would they be to sell him to a club that isn't Arsenal - or maybe even send him abroad?

Could they trigger his extension, or potentially let him leave for nothing, and leave him to take the flak should he join the Gunners in the summer?

Or of course, he could always end up signing a fresh new contract at Spurs - but there are many potential twists and turns within this story which could unfold in the coming months.

Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur scores his team's first goal  during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on March 5, 2016 in...

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