Why Arsenal didn’t sign Liverpool’s Van Dijk – Thierry Henry (Video)

Arsenal after the Tottenham defeat

Will Arsenal be in the Champions League next season?

After Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham in the north London derby at Wembley, it’s beginning look incredibly unlikely that the Gunners will finish in the top four.

Tottenham’s win means that Arsene Wenger is seven points behind Mauricio Pochettino in the table with 11 games to go.

Many will now believe Arsenal’s best chance of playing UCL football next term will be in Arsenal can win the Europa League.

The Gunners head to Sweden this week to face minnows FK Ostersunds in the last 32 of the UEL.

Why Arsenal didn’t sign Liverpool’s Van Dijk

On Monday Night Football on Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry tried to understand why the Arsenal defence is so bad.

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The pundits recognised that Wenger has failed to significantly improve Arsenal’s backline in recent years.

It seems clear to everyone that new blood and quality is needed to solidify the Arsenal rearguard. Yet, when a player like Virgil Van Dijk came on the market, it was Liverpool who stumped up the cash.

Did Arsenal make a mistake allowing VVD to join Liverpool?

And what are fans to make of Wenger’s claim that Jonny Evans wasn’t signed because West Brom wanted too much money. Yet there was money to break their transfer record on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

For Carragher and Henry, Wenger’s failure to sign Van Dijk was a mistake.

Both talking heads believe it’s obvious that Arsenal have defensive problems, and they wondered if Wenger is blinkered from the truth.

Watch the discussion below.

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