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Arsenal closing in on Veltman as Vermaelen replacement?

It looks like the Arsenal captain is not going to change his mind about leaving the club. And recent transfer rumours suggest that Thomas Vermaelen has already agreed the personal terms of his potential transfer to Manchester United, where the new Dutch manager Louis van Gaal is apparently planning to use the Belgium international as a modern sort of sweeper in a three man defensive line.

The Mirror is reporting that the Old Trafford club have increased their original offer and are close to sealing the deal on the £10 million move. But the defender is still at the World Cup and Arsenal have not signed a replacement for him yet.

Arsenal could soon have `next Dennis Bergkamp` at the club!!

The former Arsenal player Dennis Bergkamp would make the best Gunners XI of most fans. The Dutchman also scored arguably the best Arsenal and Premier league goal ever with an audacious piece of skill against Newcastle, so when you hear of a player being compared to Bergkamp it draws significant interest.

So it is no surprise to hear, in a report from the Independent, that Arsenal scouts have been to Holland to watch the 20-year old Ajax and Holland player Davy Klaassen who has been compared to the former Gunner. And the scouts will undoubtedly be coming back to north London with a glowing report, because young Klaassen, who plays in midfield, had a great game, scoring a hat-trick and helping Ajax to beat NAC Breda by 4-0. He was also given the Man of the Match award.

Bergkamp wants to coach Arsenal – Sign him up!!

Because he has been the manager of Arsenal for 17 years now, Arsene Wenger knows most of the former players who are still working in football in one capacity or another. The Frenchman has always seemed to be keen on the old bootroom philosophy, in which former Gunners have stayed at the club or returned to it to work as coaches, academy directors or managers.

Bergkamp loving Ozil and planning Arsenal return

Return of the non-flying Dutchman by Big Gun

Dear fellow gooners, It comes to no surprise that the signing of Ozil and Arsenal’s current brilliant form at top of the league has turned many a head in the football industry, including an Arsenal hero and legend, Dennis Bergkamp. In an interview with Telegraph Sport, he spoke about the positive transformation Arsenal has begun to undertake and how he wishes to be a part of that. Currently he is the assistant coach at Ajax, but in the interview he states that he always had plans to return to Arsenal one day and continue his legacy with us.

Arsenal transfer link to Eriksen could have ulterior motive

Next player makes his way to the rumour section by Ash

Even when Arsenal are playing in a club tournament all weekend, the media still can’t help but persist in making sure they continuously wind up the fans, who aren’t sure if they should be embarrassed by their clubs transfer policy or just be downright outraged by the whole summer’s events. If we do get Luis Suarez, of course, then we will be quite happy, and it does seem as if Wenger is pretty determined.

A Dutch warning to Arsenal on the risks of signing Suarez – He won’t change!!

I’m sure most Arsenal fans are aware that our transfer target Luis Suarez played for two clubs in Holland before joining Liverpool. We also know that he has a bad reputation in England, but his potential transfer to Arsenal is making waves in Holland as well. The following article is a translation of a Dutch piece which went out on a well respected football site Voetball International and is an interesting insight into what the Dutch think of him.

Arsenal takes a risk with Suarez by Tom van Hulsen (Kindly translated by Job Swart)

Arsenal Debate – Would Suarez be a good signing for us?

Should Arsenal really go after Luis Suarez? by KJ

If there ever was a player that was more known for his controversy than his undeniable talent, that player is Luis Suarez. After joining Liverpool from Ajax for what now seems a bargain price of £22 million, Suarez has been surrounded with both hatred and adulation by football fans around the world.

Now, according to a few papers, Arsenal have enquired about the possibility of signing Suarez from Liverpool this summer. This would definitely prove to be a massive coup if it materialised. Suarez is known as one of the best strikers in the Premier league and even possibly in the world. However, signing Suarez carries a lot of baggage.

Arsenal transfer rumours gone mad!

I think that some football journalists have got too much time on their hands, while a favourite way of spending it often seems to be making up some story about Arsenal. The Gunners have been linked with hundreds of players this summer, from 14-year old West Brom academy starlets, to world names like Iker Casillas and Wayne Rooney.

I know they sat there is no smoke without fire, but London would be ablaze if all these stories had some truth to them. A couple of little gems caught my eye today as I was trawling through the newspapers and sport websites. I may be wrong of course, it has happened once before, but these two rumours strike me instantly as having sprung from the feverish imagination of a reporter who has had too much liquid for his lunch.

Arsenal legend to grace the Emirates again [plus video]

When Dennis Bergkamp ended his playing career in 2006, he had scored 122 goals for Arsenal at a rate of more than one every two games. He had picked up 10 winners medals with the the club, and been a key part of the invincibles who went an entire league season unbeaten.

The first match at the new Emirates Stadium was a testimonial for the non-flying Dutchman, and he will soon grace the stadium again, in statue form. Pictures of the statue were leaked on Twitter, and although it has not been officially announced by the club, Bergkamp seems set to be joining other legends Thierry Henry, Tony Adams and Herbert Chapman by being immortalised in Bronze.

Why Bergkamp should NOT replace Brady at Arsenal

Liam Brady is an Arsenal legend, there is no doubt about it, and when he finishes his fantastic job of running the youth academy in 2014, it is vital that Arsenal pick the right man to fill his shoes. I feel it should be somebody with a big connection to the club, and Dennis Bergkamp certainly fits that description. Some newspapers reported that Bergkamp may be in line for the position, but I do not think he is the right man.

Bergkamp was snubbed as Arsenal coach says Wright

Former Arsenal player and goal scorer extraordinaire, Ian Wright, has claimed that another Gunners legend, Dennis Bergkamp, wanted to come to the Emirates as a coach but was turned down by Arsene Wenger. Wright also called for the resignation of some board members and a move to bring David Dein back to the club.

Wright was as shocked as the rest of us by the defeat, and the manner of it, by Bradford last night, and he believes that enough is enough and some drastic changes should be made. The former striker also seems to have joined the growing ranks of Gooners who have lost faith in Wenger and his ability to turn the poor current form around.

Arsenal scouting £20m-rated Dutch international midfielder

It has been revealed that the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has sent his chief scout Steve Rowley to Holland to watch the PSV midfielder Kevin Strootman in action in yesterday’s big game against Ajax. The £20m-rated Dutch international has been tracked by Manchester United for some time, but with Wenger desperate to improve his team in the centre of the park he is willing to break the club’s transfer record to bring in the 22 year-old.