Which United player should Arsenal ask for in return for Thomas Vermaelen? AT
It is being reported by Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph that Wenger is only interested in selling Vermaelen to Man Utd providing that Arsenal receive a United player in return. But which United player would we ask for in any potential deal?
Man Utd have had a very poor season by their standards and a lot of their players have been found out without the protection of Sir Alex Ferguson. Players like Nani and Valencia have fallen from grace and players like Cleverley have confirmed their status as mediocre players. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
There have been numerous Arsenal rumours saying that Thomas Vermaelen will be signing for Manchester United imminently, despite a terse denial from the Belgian international while he was in Brazil.
But now Belgium are out of the competition it seems that Vermaelen has been talking to the Belgian press, and has admitted that he does not know where his future lies next season. He was quoted as saying: “I really do not know where I will play, Arsenal or elsewhere next season. All my attention went to the World Cup. I will see when I go talk to Arsenal.” .......Read the full article here
There is a good chance, I hope, that Arsenal will keep their club captain and versatile defender Thomas Vermaelen this season after all. The Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, but there is nothing to stop Arsene Wenger blocking the move, although that would mean losing Vermaelen next summer for nothing.
Even so, Arsenal do not want to let a quality player like him go for peanuts, so the measly £6 million that the Old Trafford club have offered, according to a report in The Mirror, makes Wenger’s answer a simple one. Non merci. Apparently the Gunners have told United to double it, and then we will talk. And the way that United have been throwing money around lately, there is no way that they will be able to haggle with the Prof. .......Read the full article here
It looks like the awful run of luck that Arsenal had with injuries last season has carried over in to the World Cup finals in Brazil, as yet another Gunner has picked up a problem that could jeopardise their role at the tournament. This will surely be a worry to Arsenal fans, not just about whether the player will be fully fit for the start of the season with Arsenal, but whether this further highlights a fundamental problem in our training and/or medical section. .......Read the full article here
It appears that the only things holding up the transfer of the Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen to Manchester United is for the Old Trafford club to meet our valuation of around £11 million and for the defender and his Belgium international team mates to win or get knocked out of the World Cup in Brazil.
Talksport are reporting that the 28-year old centre back has already sorted out his personal terms with United, where he will join the previous Arsenal captain Robin van Persie and line up against his formner team mates. .......Read the full article here
Arsenal need to keep the squad together by AT
We are essentially half way through the World Cup now and it will soon finish, meaning certain players will be joining the club and there could be some outgoings at Arsenal as well. But I think that moving too many players out could be massively detrimental to us in the long run.
There have been reports that Vermaelen, Podolski, Cazorla, Monreal and Arteta are interested in moving away from Arsenal or have attracted interest from other clubs. It would be a catastrophe if we were to sell any more than one of these players even if we were to replace them with similar quality players. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
Injuries eh, Arsenal fans? How sick have we become of hearing about Arsenal players picking up knocks, whether it be while playing for club and country, it would be easy to think that lady luck had it in for the Gunners, or that they are made of glass.
Recent years reveal a catalogue of long term and recurring problems for the likes of Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and the most unlucky footballer in the world, Abou Diaby. And today we can add two more names to the list, or simply not cross them off, because both Thomas Vermaelen and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have spent long parts of the year in the treatment room already. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here
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. .......Read the full article here