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Arsenal Set to Rival Liverpool & Manchester City in Pursuit of Southampton's Virgil van Dijk

Arsenal have joined Liverpool and Manchester City in the race to sign Southampton center back Virgil Van Dijk, as Arsene Wenger looks to add to his options in defense having confirmed that his side will be active in the January transfer window yesterday.

According to reports from the Mirror, Wenger wants to add a center back to his side once the transfer window reopens in January, with the Dutch defender a main target for the Frenchman.

In the race to sign to Dutch defender, Wenger will face stiff competition in the form of Liverpool and Manchester City, as the pair are being continually linked iwth the center back despite their failed attempts to sign the 26-year-old in the summer, with Van Dijk himself trying to force a move away from the St Mary's Stadium. 

With the likes of Shkodran Mustafi getting injured and club captain Per Mertesacker ageing rapidly, Wenger is desperate to recruit a center back in January with Laurent Koscielny and Nacho Monreal the only recognized fit center backs the Emirates Stadium. 

Manchester City has also not given up hope on signing Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, although it is believed that transfer could be put off until the summer, while a holding midfielder to provide cover for Fernandinho is also on the January wishlist. 

Manchester City and Guardiola will have to wait until January before they do any transfer business, leaving them to focus on a run of four Premier League games in the space of 11 days, beginning with a home game against Bournemouth tomorrow. 

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