Arsenal Set Sights On £12m Dutch International Centre Back: Wenger Targets Mathijsen

Emirates boss wants experienced Hamburg defender.

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Joris Mathijsen has emerged as a target for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger as he continues to search for another centre back to help stabilize his back line after losing the services of William Gallas, Sol Campbell and Mikel Silvestre. The 30 year old Hamburg defender played a key part in Holland’s World Cup campaign and is a vastly experienced player who may well be interested in a new challenge after four years in the Bundesliga.

Wenger has stated publicly his desire to bring in defensive reinforcements and failed in bids to bring Everton’s Phil Jagielka and German international Per Mertesacker and is now desperate to bring in someone before the transfer window closes.

Mathijsen is tactically astute and though he isn’t the quickest player around he reads the game very well and can make up for any lack of pace he possesses. His Bundesliga club will fight tooth and nail to keep the former AZ Alkmaar player at the club but after failing to secure Champions League football for this season they may find it hard to prevent the player having his head turned by interest from the north London club.

Valued at around £12m the Dutch international would be a worthy addition to the squad and having only turned 30 two months ago he still has a lot to offer and will go some way to resolving any defensive frailties the club has.

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