Arsenal should keep Vermaelen this summer

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Why Arsenal simply CANNOT sell Vermaelen to Man United

Date: 26th June 2014 at 6:32pm
Written by Thomas Hallett

Thomas Vermaelen hasn’t become the player most Arsenal fans hoped and expected him to be after he arrived at the club from Ajax in 2009. The Belgian international’s goals, eight in his first season, coupled with the glorifying of his ability during his lengthy absence through injury the following year, helped him to develop a cult status among the club’s support. It’s a status, though, that has really begun to run thin over the past 18 months. In part it’s been due to successful partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. The other is that Vermaelen simply hasn’t offered the same level of quality when drafted in to replace either of Arsene Wenger’s first-choice centre-backs. He looked assured, cool under pressure and equipped with all the physical and technical tools to be a success at Arsenal during his first few years. But – and perhaps it’s due solely to ... Read More


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