Gunners opted against Dutch international move after scouting trip

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Arsenal reportedly decided not to make a move for Rafael Van der Vaart after sending scouts to watch the Dutch international.

The revelation comes just a fortnight after the former Real Madrid midfielder joined north London rivals Spurs, with whom the player made his debut against West Brom at the weekend.

Arsene Wenger sent representatives to watch the player on a number of occasions, it's claimed, but the Gunners decided against a move for the player after scouts raised questions about the player's fitness.

The Ashburton Grove blog suggests that Cesc Fabregas's decision to stay in north London meant Wenger decided against a move for the player, while Spanish sources point to the Arsenal bosses decision to strengthen his defensive line as a reason not for making a Van der Vaart move.

A 27-year-old playmaker who began his career at Ajax, Van der Vaart joined Hamburg in 2005 for €5.5 million. La Liga giants Madrid would pay €13 million for the player in 2008, but the Dutchman found himself on the periphery at the Bernabeu.

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp made a surprise deadline day move that saw Van der Vaart move to White Hart Lane for £8 million this summer, and the player impressed on debut against the Baggies.

Gunners striker Robin van Persie was thought to be keen on bringing the player to the Emirates having previously endorsed him to Wenger, but Arsenal decided this wasn't enough after analysing the player.

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