I'm glad that Fabiański has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal. I just hope he will get more playing time next season.
I hope he improves from last season's games, he probably has the Carling Cup games secured, but there is another Polish youngster I would like to see called Wojciech Szczęsny in action. As far as rumours go with this team Vermaelen seems to be announced within days and Sakho is a possibility. I seen Sakho play and on FM and if those were anything to go by I will be glad for him to join.
Looks like the Vermaelen deal should happen just the way last year the Nasri deal was on the brink for a few weeks and it was just a matter of when rather than if. So now I'm wondering where he'll fit in. I wouldn't be surprised if he starts out on the bench, and what's this I hear about him maybe being converted into a DM? Anybody seen him play a few times, what's he like?
Vermaelen could be signed by the end of today. The last rumour I heard was Felipe Melo in exchange for Senderos, sounds like a good deal for all.Melo was quite good yesterday against the US so I think he could work well alongside Cesc, while Song and Denilson would really benefit from Melo coming in. The only players I might want to see go will be Touré provided Sakho comes in and Djourou out on loan. If we make those signings we will have solved most if not all our problems, and will have ample backup in all positions.
Arsenal Football Club is delighted to announce that Belgian international defender Thomas Vermaelen has joined the Gunners from Dutch Eredivisie side Ajax on a long-term contract for an undisclosed fee.
Vermaelen (23), who was the Ajax club captain last season, made his first team debut for the Dutch club at just 18, after playing at Youth level for Belgian side KFC Germinal Beerschot. During his 143 appearances with the Amsterdam side, Thomas, who is predominantly a central defender, gained experience in both the UEFA Cup and UEFA Champions League including two appearances against Arsenal in the 2005/06 Champions League Group Stages. He has made 21 appearances for Belgium, now being a regular in his country’s set-up since making his full international debut in March 2006.
During his time with Ajax, the club won the Dutch League Championship in 2003/04, with Vermaelen also winning the Dutch National Cup on two occasions (in 2006 and 2007) and the Dutch Super Cup twice (in 2006 and 2007).
Manager Arsène Wenger said: “Thomas is a great signing for Arsenal Football Club, and we are all delighted that he is joining us. Thomas is a solid performer with good experience of Champions League and UEFA Cup football and is also a regular with the Belgium national team.
Thomas is primarily a left-footed centre back, but he’s multi-functional and can also play at left back. He is strong technically with a positive winner’s attitude and I have no doubt his arrival will strengthen our team. Thomas Vermaelen will be a huge asset to Arsenal.”
After completing his move to the Gunners, Vermaelen said: “Firstly, I have to say that I’m sad to be leaving Ajax and I would just like to thank everyone for their help and friendship towards me over the past eight years.
“I’m just so happy to be joining Arsenal. This is a great Club with a world class manager, high quality players and a fantastic stadium. Everything is set up for Arsenal to be very successful for years to come and I joined this Club because I know Arsenal will be challenging for trophies.
“I have had a good taste of the Champions League during my time with Ajax and this is something I am looking forward to experiencing again with Arsenal. I’m also looking forward to playing in the English Premier League, which for me, is the best league in the world. Also, I just want to assure the Arsenal fans that I will give everything for this Club and I hope we can enjoy winning some trophies together next season.”
Thomas will join up with his new team-mates for pre-season training in early July.
Yeah Vermaelen is a bit of an unknown quantity to me as well, but I think he won't be another Cygan and he would introduce some "Va-va-Verm" here.
The last two deals I've craved for the Sakho (looks somewhat unlikely now) and Melo might be done w/ trade deals. Eboué -> PSG and Senderos to Fiorentina. Hope they both work out 'specially the Melo.
Saw Melo play today...played so good I don't think we can get him.
I really cannot tell what "Va-Va-Verm" will be like I only saw him in the Ajax tournament (I fell asleep though) but then again I didn't know what Sagna or Arshavin would be like either, still I do think some more entries are needed. Plus Vermaelen being signed so early is a good sign, It means there could be less BS this transfer window,
Melo has looked pretty good indeed. I know it's just a rumor at this point, but lets look at our lineup if it were to happen:
Sagna Gallas Vermaelen Clichy
Adebayor Van Persie
If we can get that defensive midfielder we've got a strong looking team. Some don't like Almunia so its possible we could get a gk. Personally though I'd rather us get Sakho than a gk, but Wenger was right, this team doesn't need major rebuilding.
I would like to see Sakho at the club, preferably an deal where we buy him and loan him to PSG for a season, in order to get him at the earliest point because next season the big purses will come down on him.
Came up with two formations
The first one traditional Arsenal you can easily understand it
In this second one a (barça-esque formation) Nasri will play in the "Iniesta-role".Here Walcott could be 1st choice backup for Arshavin or RVP and should Adebayor leave in 2010, Bendtner could hopefully step-up to his role.
Senderos is still an Arsenal player, by the way. Heh.
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