Gunners defender target hints at new deal

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Arsenal defender target Gregory Van der Wiel has hinted at signing a new contract with current club Ajax, according to reports.

The Dutch international full back has been heavily linked with a move to the Barclays Premier League in the past, with Liverpool and Chelsea also mentioned alongside the player in January and earlier this summer respectively.

It's the Gunners who have been most heavily linked with the 23-year-old over the past year though, as Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen the Arsenal back-line with the transfer window still open.

Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill have been more prominently linked with a move to the Emirates in recent weeks, but Van der Wiel's versatility continues to make him an attractive option to Arsenal.

However, talkSPORT reports that the player has opened discussions at the Amsterdam Arena over an additional two-year extension to his current contract, which expires in 2013, and 'reassured' fans that he is keen to stay with the Eredivisie outfit.

The same report goes on to claim that fears were growing that the Godenzonen may look to cash in on one of their prized assets, although these fears now appear to be dead in the water.


The news will come as a blow to Arsenal, as another possible transfer door closes on their French manager with just over a week left in the summer window.

Following the exit of Cesc Fabregas and imminent departure of Samir Nasri, Wenger has confirmed that a midfielder is high on the Arsenal agenda, but reinforcing the Gunners' defence remains a priority and the North Londoners will continue their pursuits elsewhere.

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