The Guardian has reported this weekend that Jan Vertonghen is set to leave Spurs when his contract comes to an end this summer.
The experienced Belgian defender is set to see his time with the London outfit come to an end. This, after an indifferent spell in the last few seasons which has seen him in and out of the team.
After being so impressive for so many seasons, Vertonghen struggled last term. Indeed, he missed nearly half the season with a hamstring injury (transfermarkt) and was left out of the final three games of the season.
Under Jose Mourinho this season, the 32-year-old has played regularly enough. However, with Spurs struggling and Vertonghen on a hefty wage packet, it is now believed he will move on.
But this should not put Arsenal off making a controversial move. The Gunners have moved for Spurs players in the past – most notably Sol Campbell – and they shouldn’t be scared of moving for the Belgian.
Proven Premier League pedigree
Arsenal have struggled at the back for a number of seasons now. No defender has seemingly grasped the idea of really shoring up things for the Gunners.
They have once again shipped goals this term. Mikel Arteta’s men have shipped 36 goals. This is more than Crystal Palace who sit two places below them and more than all of the top then barring Spurs and Chelsea.
It goes without saying, then, that the Gunners could do with someone at the back. The new signing of Mari might well turn out to be a good one. However, there’s still lingering doubts over David Luiz, Sokratis, and Mustafi.
Signing someone in the mould of Vertonghen would be a smart play. Yes, he is 32 but with that comes bags of experience.
Furthermore, Mikel Arteta wants his team to play football on the floor. Vertonghen is a comfortable player with the ball at his feet so would slot right in.
This is a player who over two seasons helped Spurs to 28 Premier League clean sheets. (Premier League official)
Those sorts of stats are not to be sniffed at and while some might point to the link between Spurs and Arsenal, plenty have made the move in the past to good effect.
Just ask the likes of Campbell, Emmanuel Adebayor, and William Gallas. Those are just three who have crossed the North London divide. None of them will regret it.