Belgian side reveal they snubbed Arsenal for top Gunners defensive target

Date published: Saturday 21st September 2019 3:57

Standard Liege boss Michel Preud’homme has confirmed that the club convinced defender Zinho Vanheusden to stay at the club earlier this year despite “serious” interest from Arsenal.

Arsenal were after a defensive signing and eventually opted for Chelsea’s David Luiz – who has been caught out at times this season – but the Gunners did reportedly have Vanheusden on their shortlist of targets.

Speaking to Dutch news outlet Het Laatste Nieuws, Preud’homme confirmed that Arsenal got very close to signing the 20-year-old before the transfer window closed.

“Last season he showed his qualities,” the manager said. “That is why we have invested heavily in keeping him here.

“At a certain point Arsenal seriously knocked at the door, but we were able to convince Zinho to stay and we are happy about that.”

In other Arsenal news, Paul Merson has had his say on Nicolas Pepe’s form for the Gunners, saying that the winger “needs to pull his finger out”.

 

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