Gunners eye top United target this January.
Arsenal could beat Manchester United to the signing of Aston Villa centre-back Ron Vlaar in a bargain £8m deal, according to the Daily Express.
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The Netherlands international is out of contract at Villa Park at the end of the season, and has been linked strongly with both Arsenal and United in recent times.
Both clubs are in need of new signings at the back, and Vlaar has emerged as a top target for the teams after his solid displays for Villa and his national side in recent times.
The 29-year-old could move on the cheap this winter, and Arsenal are hoping to be successful with an £8m offer to bring him to the Emirates Stadium.