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Vermaelen To Be A Gooner? He Thinks So

Vermaelen To Be A Gooner? He Thinks So

There has been much speculation recently as the the possible purchase of Belgian defender, Thomas Vermaelen, from Ajax.

The initial reports were treated with the usual pinch of salt from football starved gooners, but it seems this particular rumour is gathering pace, so much so that now the player himself believes the deal is moving along enough for him to talk about how much he is relishing the move.

"In the coming days there will be more talks," it was reported Vermaelen said, on the Setanta website.

"Moving to Arsenal is the right path for me. It is a great sporting challenge and I will also be financially better off. I think everything is going to be okay."

The fee is reported as £11 Million, but as is the norm with Arsenal's transfers, the only people who really know is The Gunners and the seller's bank manager.

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Date:Monday June 8 2009
Time: 8:55AM


mmmm. He is a good player, but I don't know how I feel about this. He's another similar player to Toure and Gallas. He comes from a league that doesn't have teams like Chelsea, Bolton, Blackburn, Hull and Everton who can only play ariel football. Can he cope? Can he make a difference? If he is set to play with one Toure or Gallas then the answer in my book is NO! Perhaps the Toure to City stories is true. To be honest, I wouldn't be all that upset if we let Toure and Gallas go. We have that 6'4 defender coming back who had a great season in Europe. Not Senderos, can't remember his name.
08/06/2009 09:13:00
Just saw a report that City want to swop Richards for Toure. With the arival of Barry, what does the future hold for Steven Ireland? I would much prefer a swop of Toure and Ireland!!
08/06/2009 09:34:00
I'm not surprised Wenger is going for another CB, but am I the only one who thinks Djourou came on leaps and bounds last year and should get more starts?
08/06/2009 10:07:00
08/06/2009 10:49:00
I am guessing that he is good in the air. You don't have to be tall to be good in the air. And of course we would all like a towering CB like Vidic, but they have to be able to play the high line and cover themselves like Toure and Gallas do. I agree with Amos with his point that a defender like Hangeland could come here and be found out because he just sits on the edge of his box - how would he feel being 10 yards further forward and having a fast striker on his shoulder. We need players like Gallas - and as LD pointed out, these defenders can win headers. If you looked at every goal we conceded this year, the large majority of them would be general defensive mistakes, not long balls or crosses (with some of them being blames on organisation, not height)
08/06/2009 12:34:00
But he could be our new defensive midfielder... ;-)
08/06/2009 12:35:00
Tom. Let's hope not. I think we need a proven DM and not another experiment!
08/06/2009 13:20:00
I don't think we need a DM at all to be honest. I can't name one that I think we could realistically get who is better than Denilson.
08/06/2009 13:34:00
08/06/2009 13:51:00
Ireland what?
08/06/2009 14:03:00
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