Vermaelen Signing Imminent As Defence Gets A Revamp

Afternoon All,

The news coming out of Belgium is that Thomas Vermaelen will be flying to London later today to undergo a medical at the Emirates. The deal is done, the terms are agree and subject to a medical, the player is ours. It’s been a tough one, the partnership of Gallas and Toure on paper should work – but over the last two seasons we have seen it’s vulnerable and it’s going to be very interesting to see which one of the two players is dropped.

“The signature is not there yet, but everything is in order. On Friday I will fly to London to undergo a medical. Then I hope to sign.”

And the player himself his very excited about his imminent move to the Emirates, citing today as one of the best days of his life.

“I feel so proud. Arsenal is a fantastic club, and as a child I watched them play. On Friday, if I go to Emirates Stadium I will be seriously impressed. This will be a big change in my life, next year I will suddenly be facing the best strikers in the world. This does not scare me, I will give everything my body has. This is one of the best days of my life.”

Arsene has obviously decided to reshape the defence and Vermaelen is the first signing in that department – maybe Bassong will be the second (according to some reports) as he recently admitted he was talking to two Premiership clubs, whilst Toure has been linked to Man City. As I’ve said countless times on the site, I think letting Toure go will be a mistake as he’s Arsenal through and through – personally, I’d like to see the four players at the back Toure, Gallas, Vermaelen and Djourou – whether the former first choice pair will accept not being first choice is another matter all together.

Senderos is another defender – the player will be returning to the club – but news is that Fiorentina are interested in the former Milan loanee, and that could open the door for a exchange for Felipe Melo – although the Brazilian enforcer has given mixed signals to whether he wants to stay in Italy or move abroad.

Back home, well back to things closer to home, and despite being  dropped from the starting line up, Theo Walcott stole the show as he came on as a substitute as the England Under 21’s beat Spain Under 21’s 2-0 in the European Championships. The player deployed on the left of midfield show amazing pace to push forward in the final third, and found James Milner with a great cut back to make it 2-0 to the three lions – if was a great performance by England and we’re now into the semi-finals of the competition.

I’ll leave you with a quote from Arsene, as he talks about the beautiful game…

“Every manager needs to have a global vision of the game he wants to play, and to make it as simple as possible. I am a great lover of a game based on technical skill, mobility, movement. I Iike a dynamic game, and I like a creative game, so I try to build teams and to scout players who are built around that kind of skill.

Of course, the gaffer has a job to do in the defensive department this summer but that won’t let him change his focus and how he wants the game to be played.

“How do you develop creative players? First with the technical skill, secondly, by encouraging them. The first thing a player loses is the capacity to dribble if you don’t work at it in training. Dribbling is linked with confidence and if you do not allow your skilful players to work on that, they don’t produce it in the game. And we must encourage players to be audacious in matches,  because most of the players who are creative sometimes are inhibited in the big games because they have a big responsibility on their shoulders.”

And with players such as Arshavin, Nasri, Walcott, Rosicky, Vela, Eduardo and Van Persie, Arsene has some of the world’s best creative talents at his diposal.

I, for one, can’t wait to see how we do this summer and simply can’t wait until the next season kicks off.

  • Berth

    Yeah, Dev.Just as I spotted with a friend of mine; We argued that Wenger had left his usual game of pace, speed and mechanic style for a more skilful style (we nick named the style; touches – with Hleb known as the father of touches). I love the skilful play; that is what attracts us to Arsenal – However the skill should be accompanied with more direct play – which characterises the premier league – we are surely good but should note we are not samba boys.

  • Berth

    I so much loved the style then that most times I got much satisfaction watching Arsenal than having my girlfriend around. again, such playing syle could be currently accomplished with players like Rosicky, Fab, Arshavin and Nasiri -It involves retaining possession and given the one touch passes. Players like Diaby, Song are not best suited for this style; Den could suit it though –

  • ny

    Anybody noticed? Vermaelen’s height has improved in wikipedia

  • TheSKAGooner

    Well, with LOTS of speculation in the press about Vermaelen’s path to wearing an Arsenal kit over the last month, the club themselves have been eerily quiet about things as usual. AW took off for a tour of Asia, and by all presentations has had a relaxed and enjoyable time of it. Good for Le Boss. I like to see him having a good time.

    I’m somewhat of the opinion that there are more deals on the way that the club have been silent about. Hangeland, Veloso, Yaya, Bassong, Cana, Melo, etc…all have been bandied about in the press over these last week, and I’m just having a thought that some of these, despite public statements by agents and players, might be moving forward in a quiet, back room fashion.

    I’m also wondering, as was posted here earlier I believe – but could have been another Arsenal blog – are we seeing AW letting Gazidis focus on the transfer activities now, while AW works on spotting the talent and just getting the names over to Gazidis with recommendations on transfer fees and wages? I really hope AW and Gazidis are developing that partnership similar to what was in place with David Dein. There was a real simpatico between the two, and Arsenal surely benefited from that in many ways.

  • Yemi

    Everyone loves the way arsenal plays, the only wrong thing is not winning in the last 4yrs. however we came so close last season but one in the premiership, semi-finals for CL and FA las season.
    I hope mother luck will be on our side this season. i know if we are not hampered by injuries, we will win something.

  • Iliyasu

    Any player who is regular for club and country plus being a captain at Ajax cannot be a bad player. Vermaelen might not be tall but so is Cannavaro&Puyol. A defender who can read the game well,put his heart&body 2 stop the ball and be able to chase&unsettle the Torres,Ronaldos,Kakas,Drogbas is all we need.
    Sylvestre,Gallas and Kolo can’t even do better than Song.
    Arsenal is bigger than any player,sell Adebayor for all I care and RVP wont sign…Sell him too. Ingrates!

  • Pete

    It’s official! Thomas Vermaelen is now a Gunner 😀

  • Yemi

    Pete, sure ????? Where did u get the news mate ?

  • steve

    check the arsenal website. factfile on there and a pic of thomas holding an arsenal shirt

  • AJ

    Ive had a awesome day and now reading that he has signed, makes it all the better, lets hope for some more fresh faces in the squad!

  • Pete

    Definately a done deal mate. Sky Sports News broke the story around 4.30 pm and now and BBC Sport have confirmed it 😀

  • Debs

    Great someone’s having an awesome day, I’m certainly not having one! But yeah, the Vermalaen signing is god news. We can now talk about something which isn’t speculation!

  • Fabrez

    lol…yeah Debs! Hope wat little left of ur day gets better btw! Great to have this lad on board. Arsenal moving in the right direction i’d think!