There is little doubt that Arsenal will have a new club captain for the coming season, with current vice0captain Mikel Arteta and Germany international defender Per Mertesacker the stand out candidates. Not only does the current captain not feature on the pitch all that often, but his desire to move to another club is hardly a great example to the other players in the team and the young players coming through the academy system.
Having sold (or given away according to some Arsenal fans) many of our top players over the years to the two Manchester clubs, it will come as a relief that Arsene Wenger is set to tell Man United that they have no chance of acquiring our captain Thomas Vermaelen unless they pay over the odds, according to a report in todays Mirror.
If it is true that the Belgian international has been negotiating with the Mancs behind Arsenal’s back then there is no doubt that Wenger will be thoroughly annoyed with Vermaelen, and is well within his rights to give him a ticking off. The rules insist that the buying club must first agree a transfer fee with the selling club before negotiating with the player.
Considering that the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has the small matter of the World Cup to deal with at the moment it is no big surprise that he doesn’t want to be drawn into any discussion about his expected transfer to Manchester United.
When accosted by journalists in Brazil he made it clear that the subject was not up for discussion. “I know there has been a lot of talk and a lot of rumours but the only thing I can say is that it’s not true.” Vermaelen told Sky Sports.
“Everybody understands my situation at Arsenal and that I have one year left.
Time For Arsenal Fans To Say Goodbye To Vermaelen! by AT
Following the departure of Bacary Sagna to Manchester City, it now appears that yet another Arsenal player is all set to follow the Frenchman to Manchester. According to several sources in the English media, Thomas Vermaelen has agreed to join Manchester United after the conclusion of the on-going World Cup in Brazil.
The Daily Mail and The Express are both reporting that the Belgian international has told close friends and his teammates in the national team that he is ready to quit Arsenal in favour of a move to Old Trafford, with the Red Devils’ new boss Louis van Gaal said to be very keen on the Arsenal skipper, who is seen as an ideal replacement for Nemanja Vidic.
The biggest Arsenal transfer rumour yesterday was definitely the reported agreement between Manchester United and Thomas Vermaelen which incensed most of the readers (and writers!) on this site, but today the Mirror has taken this a step further and suggested that Arsene Wenger could use United´s interest to bring the English midfielder Tom Cleverly to the Emirates.
This to me is a preposterous suggestion, especially as the 24 year-old is one of the most unliked players at Old Trafford. Sir Alex Ferguson had high hopes that Cleverly would be the natural successor to Paul Scholes in the United first team, but if anything he was one of the reasons that David Moyes was such a spectacular failure in his short reign at Old Trafford.
In a strictly logical sense, Arsenal could easily agree to sell the club captain Thomas Vermaelen this summer, but logic should not dictate this piece of Arsenal transfer business. Football is not all about common sense. If you don’t believe me, go to any football ground anywhere in the world and talk to the fans.
It is about belief, pride, optimism and things like that, so Arsene Wenger must take his sensible head off (Worzel Gummidge style) and screw on his stubborn head. With the 28-year old defender about to enter the final year of his contract with the Gunners, there is nothing we can do to stop Vermaelen walking away and joining one of our Premier League rivals on a free transfer next summer, but this summer we do not have to let it happen.
What the hell is going on with Arsenal players going to rivals?by KM
I wouldn’t give Arsene Wenger a contract extention just to let him sell Arsenal´s players to rivals? Wasn’t Adebayor, Clichy, Nasri, Fabregas, RVP and Sagna enough ? Now Vermaelen is (nearly) certain to join Manchester United. I wouldn’t like to believe it but there it is! It’s happened so many times i just cannot see it not happening.
Every year there are more and more Fabregas-to-Arsenal rumours, but this year it is looking like it could actually come to pass, now that the 27 year-old’s love affair with the Barcelona fans seems to have come to an end.
Poor old David Moyes tried very hard to secure captain Fab last summer without success, but now the incoming Man United manager Louis Van Gaal has also made the Spanish international his number one target after losing interest in Toni Kroos, according to a report in todays Daily Star.
It would certainly be a turn up for the books if Arsenal could pull off a transfer from one of top EPL rivals for a change instead of selling them our best players every year, and according to this morning’s Star, Wenger is planning just that right now.
It is looking very likely that Thomas Vermaelen will leave the Gunners this summer, and with the worrying rumours about Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal are very likely to need a new centre-back. This report reckons that Man United’s Chris Smalling is Wenger’s top target to fill that role. Any even more promising is the fact that the ex-Fulham youngster can also fill in at right-back when the need arises.
Spring is in the air, and with the promise of sunshine coming the Sunday papers are warming up towards the transfer window (commonly known as the Silly Season on Arsenal websites!).
Today’s offering comes from the ever-fanciful Sunday Sun, who are proposing the very unlikely story that Manchester United believe that they can get our very own captain Thomas Vermaelen to go to Old Trafford this summer.
I know Arsene Wenger has a habit of selling our captains, and even I could understand why Vermaelen may wish to leave after being sidelined for most of this season, but surely we won’t let him go to Man United?
There have been numerous rumours regarding the unhappy situation of Robin Van Persie at Manchester United since David Moyes took over, and it seems that the Dutchman is angling to move away from Old Trafford this summer.
When it was originally mooted that the Dutch international could make a shock return to Arsenal, Arsene Wenger was asked directly if it was a possibility, but refused to say Yes or No, but now The Metro is claiming that talks are at an advanced stage.
Joel Campbell still hopes to make it at Arsenal! by Ash
After watching Olympiakos against Manchester United last night I realised two major things. Firstly, one that does not come across as something shocking at all, is that Manchester United are currently in a bigger crisis than Arsenal have ever recently been in, despite not coming under the same level of media attention. And secondly what a very good player Joel Campbell has the potential to be.