De Vrij ‘Excited’ By Arsenal Interest

Feyenoord defender Stefan de Vrij is excited to have been linked with a potential move to Arsenal.

The  Netherlands Under 21 International  Defender has been hailed as the new Jaap Stam after impressing in the Dutch Eredivisie.

“That my name has been associated with Arsenal, excited me,” said de Vrij. “I’m not going to lie. I don’t believe it was just rumours.

“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.”

De Vrij plays in the centre of defence but is also at home at right back. The versatile 19-year-old started out as a midfielder in the Feyenoord youth set-up where he developed a talent in possession; a key attribute Wenger looks for in his defenders.

The Dutchman would represent a challenge to the likes of Sebastien Squillaci and recent debutant Ignasi Miquel, not to mention complicating the future of Kyle Bartley, current on loan at Glasgow Rangers.