Arsenal would be challenging for the Premier League title if they’d signed Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson, claims club legend Bob McNab


Arsenal would be challenging for the Premier League title if they’d signed Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson, claims club legend Bob McNab

Arsenal legend Bob McNab believes the club would now be serious Premier League title contenders had they signed Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson.

McNab, a league and FA Cup winner with the Gunners in 1971, says his old side should have moved for the pair before Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool pounced.

Gunners legend Bob McNab says the club “shot themselves in the foot” by not signing Virgil van Dijk and Andy Robertson
Holland star Virgil van Dijk has been a revelation for Liverpool

The defensive duo have been revelations for the Reds, however McNab believes they both would have jumped at the chance to come to the Emirates had Dutch maestro Dennis Bergkamp and Scot Frank McLintock been asked to intervene.

He told The Sun: “We shot ourselves in both feet by not signing Van Dijk and Robertson.

“I couldn’t imagine Andy Robertson turning us down if Frank McLintock had got involved in talks.

“And the same applies to Bergkamp — if he’d have had a quiet word in Van Dijk’s ear then it could have been us at the top.”

The Gunners favourite admits he was baffled that they didn’t make a statement of intent by signing Van Dijk – who joined rivals Liverpool in a world record £75m deal this time last year.

He explained: “Van Dijk has to be one of the best centre-backs the Premier League has seen in ages.

Andy Roberton has also proved to be an outstanding acquisition

“For the life of me I really can’t understand why we didn’t go for him when he was at Southampton.

“He’s  the player that Arsenal have been crying out for since Tony Adams stopped playing, because he’s a real leader.

“He’s comfortable with the ball, he’s very composed under pressure and above all else he’s a colossus who makes everyone around him look better.”

McNab, 75, is also a huge admirer of Scotland international Robertson, who joined the Merseyside outfit from Hull.