Arsenal in fresh fight for Dutch international

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Arsenal face strong competition from German giants Bayern Munich in the battle to sign Gregory van der Wiel.

The Dutch international has been in impressive form for his country during the World Cup, although Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was being linked with the right back long before the tournament began in South Africa.

Indeed, the player has previously been quotes as saying he'd like to play in the Premier League, with international team-mate Robin van Persie passing on stories about life at the Emirates.

"Of course it's nice to read that Arsenal are interested. Van Persie has told me many stories about the Premier League, Arsenal and Mr (Arsene) Wenger. Maybe he can put in a good word for me," the 22-year-old said last month.

However, Mundo Deportivo report that the Bundesliga side are ready to challenge the Gunners for the coveted Ajax player this summer.

Van der Wiel is also a reported target of Barcelona, although the La Liga champions are thought to be outsiders in a potential race for the defender due to a lack of guaranteed first team opportunities.

One of Europe's most wanted, Van der Wiel made his senior debut at the Amsterdam Arena in 2006 and has appeared 76 times for the club in the Eredivisie.

Wenger is keen to continue strengthening his defence after the signing of Laurent Koscielny earlier in the week, and Van der Wiel could be another key addition as the north London club look to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

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