Emirates boss plots January Amsterdam raid.
Arsenal will make a double Ajax swoop to strengthen their defencein January if Wenger is not suitably impressed with how his back line and first choice keeper have faired by the mid season transfer window. The Emirates boss has a transfer warchest and is ready to spend big to bring in Dutch international keeper Maarten Stekelenburg and Belgian centre back Jan Vertonghen.
Having failed to lure Mark Schwarzer to the club in the transfer window, Wenger is hoping that Spaniard Manuel Almunia does not drop any clangers as he looks to prove to his boss that he is good enough to be considered first choice and it appears likely that Lukasz Fabianski will only be called upon in extreme circumstances.
The Arsenal manager was also looking to bring in another defensive option last month after bringing in Laurent Koscielny and Sebastien Squallaci and he has been a long time admirer of Thomas Vermaelen’s international partner Vertonghen.
It has been reported by Dutch sources that by January both players will have be more willing to quit the Eredivisie club, especially if by that time their Champions League adventure is over as they look to qualify from a group that includes Real Madrid and AC Milan.
The pair will not come cheaply though and a fee in the region of £24m would be needed to net two of Martin Jol’s prized assets.