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Well He`ll Not Be Coming Then!

Well He`ll Not Be Coming Then!

All those rumours and little pieces of gossip linking us with the Arsenal centre-back Thomas Vermaelen have come to an abrupt end.

It`s being reported this morning, by numerous media sources, the Arsenal defender has passed a medical at Barcelona and has put pen-to-paper on a five year deal with Arsenal receiving a transfer fee said to be something in the region of £15 million.

I guess Arsene Wenger got his wish when it came to not selling the Belgian defender to another Premier League club, especially a Premier League title rival.

But at that price, I can`t say I`m too bothered, if he`s not a regular at the heart of the Arsenal defence, why would he be considered to be good enough for ours?

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Sunday August 10 2014
Time: 10:52AM


i dont agree with you. im an arsenal fan and i think your manager wanted TV for a reason. dont forget that from what i have read, your manager was planning a new system with 3 at the back. if its true then TV may have been the perfect addition for the left slot. at arsenal, he was not good enough to be a starting CB nor good enough to start at LB in a 451 or 442 system but perhaps he would have thrived more in a system where his hybrid style would have matched. if this article, below, holds any truth, then you may have lost one of your top targets for this summer! TV may have not been good enough for our system but he may have thrived in your system. barca came for him so there must be something of value in him!
10/08/2014 11:27:00
D_G Louis is playing 3 at the back because it's the only formation that accomodates all of our strengths. He's already said if we had good wingers instead of loads of 10's and 9's we'd be playing his preferred 4-3-3. I imagine Louis very much intends to mould the squad to play 4-3-3 again but needs time to do it.

I highly doubt Vermaelen was ever a top target but more an option to provide a temporary solution (a left sided centrehalf) to a temporary problem (lacking depth & experience defensively). If he was a top target he would've been shortlisted and snapped up early much like Herrera and Shaw. Instead we haggled over the transfer fee and didn't even entertain a trade which I think says it all about how much we valued him as a target.

Personally think Red Boy hit the nail on the head; 15 mil for a player in the last year of his contract going on 29, who is nothing more than a benchwarmer and has a bad history with injuries is hardly value for money nor the quality and calibre of player we particularly want or need.
10/08/2014 17:20:00
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