Arsenal are set for a major squad overhaul this summer as they seek to improve their underperforming side and it appears the Gunners are set to adjust their tactics, adopting a new formation next term.
Having utilised a three-man defence in Monday night’s 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough, The Daily Mirror reports Arsene Wenger is eyeing a move for Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk to allow him to select a three-man defence regularly.
Van Dijk, heavily linked with Premier League leaders Chelsea, would come into Arsenal’s defence alongside Laurent Koscielny and Shkodran Mustafi, with Hector Bellerin being utilised as a wing-back on the right and the Gunners likely adding a new full-back on the left.
However, Arsenal will have to pay a hefty price to lure Van Dijk’s services to the Emirates Stadium- especially due to the rivalry of the likes of Chelsea on the transfer market, although the Gunners have promised to spend big this summer.
Van Dijk was previously linked to Arsenal during his days at Celtic, before he moved to the South Coast, and a reported price of £50m would make the Dutchman the Gunners most expensive signing in history.