Who WE want at Arsenal Part 2: Jan Vertonghen
Continuing the popular start to our series of ‘Who WE want at Arsenal’, after last week looking at Kevin Gameiro, we now turn our attentions to the opposite side of the pitch, that of central defence. The player in quesiton being Jan Vertonghen.
Jan Vertonghen is a Belgian footballer who plays as a defender and occasionally as a defensive midfielder for Dutch Eredivisie club Ajax and the Belgian national team. A left-footed player who usually plays as a centre back, he is equally adept at playing anywhere on the left side or in defensive midfield and frequently joins in the attack from his centre back position.
Full Name: Jan Vertonghen Age: 24 Height: 1.89 metres / 6ft 2 1/2 inches Position: Centre Back / Defensive Midfielder Nationality: Belgian
Appearences this season (so far): 33 Goals: 5
So why is Vertonghen featured in this series?
As many will know Vertonghen and Thomas Vermaelen are best mates from their Ajax days. They currently play together in the Belgium national side and he possesses the traits to suceed in the premier league, being well over 6ft and having good tecnhinal ability, a must for Arsenal centre backs. His versatility is also key for Arsenal; currently Alex Song is the only player in our squad who can play the holding role properly (part from Vermaelen, but he always plays at centre back if fit), and Vertonghen has played this role often for Ajax, doing very well.
His versatility forbodes well; if, as expected, Denilson leaves this summer, then we are one midfielder down. However, as when he plays he is always the holding player it means Vertonghen can play there.
This allows Ramsey to continue his playing by not buying another primary central midfielded player, or return loanees like Lansbury into the first team, on the attacking side of the pitch, not in the holding role and therefore out of position.
Arsene Wenger is intersted in the player, however first it needs to be estalished whether two left footed centre backs could work in the premier league? I for one don’t see the problem, however whether Wenger spends near the £8million mark is yet to be seen…