The chances of the Euro 2016 dream going on for Wales and their Arsenal midfield star Aaron Ramsey took a big boost today, with the BBC reporting that the Tottenham and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen picked up an injury in training and will miss the game and the rest of the tournament.
It is up to Arsenal to make the most of any slip ups by our Premier League rivals of course, and after slipping back into third place, even though we are only behind Man City on goal difference, means that we will need to do better than them and Leicester City for the rest of the season, while the run of results from our north London rivals has brought Tottenham right up to just two points behind us and got people talking about them as genuine title contenders.
Arsenal have lost their last two games and are trying to avoid a third in tomorrow’s Capital One Cup game against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, but, conversely, Spurs have won their last three and are keen to keep their run going. Maurice Ponchettino’s men reached the League Cup semi-final last season so they are sure to be keen to go one step further this time, and Jan Vertonghen is quite confident going into this North London Derby.
After reading the latest Arsenal transfer rumour this morning, I did have to check that it was April’s fools day yesterday, not today. The story, reported by Metro and others, is that the Tottenham central defender Younes Kaboul is ready to repeat the actions of Sol Campbell and swap his lilywhite shirt for the red and white of Arsenal. Assuming that Thomas Vermaelen is going to leave, the Gunners will need another centre back.
It seems strange to be glad about an Arsenal player having an injury, but that is the situation I find myself in. Actually, the same was true last year when Kieran Gibbs got injured, luckily enough just before the January window closed. That meant that Arsene Wenger rushed through the transfer of Nacho Monreal from Malaga, meaning that we never had to see that grinning buffoon Andre Santos in an Arsenal shirt anymore.
I must admit that when I first heard about Arsenal were being linked with a 17-year old Croatian centre back called Tin Jedvaj, I was so excited that I nearly used real butter instead of Margarine, which was not very. I understand that Arsene Wenger is always on the lookout for promising new players, and that is a good thing, but they are not the type of signings we are all waiting for this summer.
Last season Jan Vertonghen was the subject of a bidding war between several clubs but he moved to Arsenal’s rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Arsenal were apparently one of the clubs interested in him and it was a major blow to be rejected in favour of Tottenham and I believe Arsenal could have had a much better season with Vertonghen in the team.
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