Virgil van Dijk has been reported as a transfer target for a couple of Premier League teams, so could Arsenal sign the player in front of the competition and, more importantly, should they?

The transfer saga of Virgil van Dijk has took multiple turns during the last few weeks and even though the Dutch player was believed to have been sold to Liverpool for £60m, the deal now seems off and Southampton are ready to listen to the other offers.

Among the interested clubs, Chelsea and Liverpool were considered favourites, and Manchester City and Arsenal were mostly watching from the sidelines.

One of the best Premier League defenders last season, van Dijk has made 30 appearances for Southampton, and only his injury stopped him from making more. The Dutch defender also managed to score on four occasions and the player looks to have outgrown his current club.

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Strengths

As one of the best centre-backs in the league, Virgil van Dijk has plenty of strengths on show. His aerial presence in the box gives Southampton a certain amount of calmness during set-pieces and at 6″23′ in height, he’s very tough to beat in the air.

Due to great positioning and reading of the play, the 25-year-old is tough opponent to beat with a dribble or with a pass. On average, he makes 1.6 tackles, 2.6 interceptions and a huge 6.6 clearances per-game.

The defender is very composed when on the ball and he’s good at keeping possession with a pass success rate of 84.6% and on average makes 48.6 passes per game.

Next, Van Dijk’s weaknesses

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