Confirmed: Virgil Van Dijk is a Gunner, £50million deal agreed

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Money seems to be no object in the current transfer window, with ridiculous sums being paid for players of varying degrees of quality right the way across Europe.

Arsenal themselves have lavished £46.5m on Alexandre Lacazette, but it is clear from their inability to keep clean sheets in the early weeks of the season that an imposing new central defender is also needed.

Step forward Virgil van Dijk if reports in The Sun are to be believed, with the Gunners said to have held talks with the player’s representatives over a potential £50m move to North London.

 VIRGIL VAN DIJKHaving spent the previous two seasons playing his football for Southampton, the talented Netherlands international will need no introduction to Premier League audiences.

It is a sign of his importance to the South Coast outfit that all 55 of his top-flight appearances for the club have come as a starter, with these matches yielding an impressive return of 19 clean sheets:

That equates to a shutout roughly once every three games and it is important to remember that the 26-year-old hasn’t achieved these numbers at one of the traditional powerhouses of English football.

Even more tellingly, perhaps, the Saints suffered defensively during his injury-enforced absence in the second half of last season, conceding an extra 0.4 goals per game in the Premier League when the former Celtic star was missing:

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