Date: 28th December 2014 at 9:30am
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VlaarArsenal need to sign a centre-back, as soon as possible. Per Mertesacker seems to have completely lost his nerve. He’s gone from being one of the most imposing defenders in the game, to being a big old softy. I’m sure you’ll have seen the images of him ducking out the way of Martin Skrtel’s header last weekend. How a professional footballer can get away with that kind of behaviour is beyond me. It’s not very John Terry-esque is it? Can you picture Nemanja Vidic avoiding a challenge?

Luckily, there are a few decent centre-backs out there for Arsene Wenger to consider. What’s more, they needn’t cost a fortune.

Take Aston Villa’s Ron Vlaar, for instance. Concrete Ron is approaching the end of his contract (it’ll expire in the summer) so he’ll soon be available as a free transfer. The Gunners can either wait a few months and sign him then, or try to secure a bargain deal in the January transfer window. I’d certainly favour the latter option.

As it happens, Villa boss Paul Lambert recently spoke out about Ron Vlaar’s future (and the future of Fabian Delph, who is in a similar position contractually):

‘This is a brilliant club regardless what football you’re playing. Those two lads have been fantastic for me the three years I’ve been here. They’re in their last year and from experience when you get into the Bosman ruling you hold that card. I’m delighted with the way they’re playing. Whether they’re in their last year or have ten years to go those lads are right behind the football club at the minute.’ (Source: The Metro)

I’m glad that Ron Vlaar has remained professional until the end (he’s getting paid a decent amount by Aston Villa, after all), but it’s clear that his future lies away from Villa Park.

As a regular for the Dutch international side and an experience Premier League player, Vlaar strikes me as a good fit for The Gunners in their moment of need. He’s experienced, he’s hard-working and he’s a leader. I can’t see him ducking out of any tackles any time soon.

What’s your take? Would this Aston Villa freebie be the perfect solution for The Gunners?

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