Arsenal missed chance to sign 20-year-old Belgian defensive rock

London club failed in an attempt to sign Standard Liege centre-back Zinho Vanheusden during the summer transfer window, according to Arsenal coach. The Spanish tactician was in a desperate hunt for defensive reinforcements this transfer window but struggled to convince his top targets to join Arsenal. Emery wanted to bolster the back-line.

David Luiz eventually made a deadline day transfer, but Liege manager Michel Preud’homme claims Gunners made a ‘serious’ move for Zinho. ‘Last campaign Vanheusden showed his qualities,’ Preud’homme told Dutch outlet Het Laatste Nieuws. Zinho has a vast potential and can become a top-class centre-back if he continuous improvement.

‘That is why we have invested heavily in keeping him here. At a certain point. ‘London club seriously knocked at the door, but we were able to convince the 20-year-old defender to remain, and we are happy about that.’ While Belgian centre-back decided to remain at Liege, David Luiz has failed to impress since swapping Chelsea for Arsenal.

Frank Lampard wouldn’t guarantee Brazilian defender a starting place at Stamford Bridge, but Luiz has gone straight into Emirates Stadium. David has given away two costly penalties already, and Gunners fans are calling for their new defender to drop to the bench once Rob Holding comebacks to full fitness.

Gunners take on Aston Villa at the weekend after producing an impressive performance with Eintracht Frankfurt in their Europa League opener on Thursday. David Luiz played 90 minutes in the 3-0 victory, with young guns Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka starring and scoring for the London club.