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Vermaelen ain't broken

The air of despondency that seemed to be settling on supporters at the prospect of this year's highly successful central defensive debutant missing the rest of the season was understandable given the impact that Thomas Vermaelen had had. Fortunately it seems the Verminator is made of strong stuff and the fears of a broken limb following his first half departure in the 0-0 draw against Aston Villa last night have been allayed by news from the club that his leg is intact.

"There is no fracture in Thomas` leg but his injury still has to be assessed," said Wenger. "There is still a good chance he will not play on Sunday.'

In terms of injuries this season it feels as though, in the words of an old blues tune, if it wasn't for bad luck we'd have no luck at all. Initially positive news following injuries to both van Persie and Gibbs were subsequently dashed as Robin's injury proved misdiagnosed and Gibbs then broke a metarsal in his first game back from injury. It's yet unclear how long TV will be sidelined for but it is a relief that he should still, hopefully, contribute significantly to our aspirations for the rest of the season.

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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 28 2010

Time: 5:11PM

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28/01/2010 17:25:00

I needed some good news
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28/01/2010 17:26:00

Only at Arsenal could we consider Verm only missing the Man Utd game as good news ... lol ... Of course it could have been worse, but it's still gutting. As an aside, is this the first time Sol has faced Rooney in an Arsenal shirt since fat boy's dive?
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28/01/2010 17:45:00

Sol didnt play in the 4-2 defeat that season and the two games next season or what?
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28/01/2010 17:52:00

Gun 'Em Down
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28/01/2010 18:14:00

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28/01/2010 18:16:00

I actually feel more comfortable with Sol for the Man U game than I would with TV. As good as he is, he does have the odd rush of blood to the head, which is often a very positive thing, but I feel the strong, yet controlled presence of Sol alongside Gallas' more dynamic yet equally tactical approach will serve better to keep Rooney in check. Good we won't have to rely on him for too long though.
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28/01/2010 19:58:00

Its weird but for some reason I'm also feeling strangely confident about Sol playing at the back on Sunday if he has to. Even if TV was fit I'm struggling to pick between them. 3 weeks ago I could not have believed I would be so calm about this situation! Still need more back up tho... Strong lad is TV, lets hope he makes a Ramsey-esc recovery.
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28/01/2010 21:17:00

Magic I don't know how anyone would feel more comfortable with Sol than the Verminator
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28/01/2010 23:02:00

I'm with Kenny. Sol over TV? I mean, it's good being posotive, but lets no get ridiculous?
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28/01/2010 23:34:00

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29/01/2010 01:16:00

Sol was more or less solid in 2 matches aginst slower more powerful players (Fuller, Heskey) but his lack of pace showed in some instances(notably when Richard Dunne ran past him). Roone could run him ragged and i would imagine Gallas will have the task to stop him. Anything in the air i am comfortable that Sol will deal with. Sol might have revenge on his mind against Rooney as it was Rooney who dived over his leg to end our unbeaten run.
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29/01/2010 10:14:00

I am happy with Sol instead of TV against ManU, hes not going to panic and I think hes feeling good about being back at Arsenal and playing Premiership football at the top. If were talking about the lack of signings during this transfer window, I would point you towards the signing of Sol and say well done Wenger.
Sir Henry
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29/01/2010 17:16:00

OMFG. I've already expressed my delight via the forum, but seriously, what a man. He's just proper *****in hardcore.
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30/01/2010 00:49:00

Won't panick? When has Vermaelen panicked? He's a cool headed, young (therefore still has pace) talented defender. I'd pick him over Sol anyday. Not bagging Sol, but Vermaelen is poor class and Sol is 35.
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30/01/2010 09:48:00

**pure class
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31/01/2010 06:38:00

I would actually dare to say there isn't a CB in the Premier Leauge who is better right now.
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31/01/2010 06:38:00


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