Vermaelen signs and no-one’s gone yet!
Thomas Vermaelen completed his switch from Ajax to Arsenal on Friday reassuring fans that Arsene Wenger has noted a weakness in the defence this season. It is believed the fee for the 5ft 11 ½ defender is around the £11million mark which is deemed good business by Wenger, once again.
Arsenal fans believe a defender has been the main missing link this season as the defence was exposed time and time again. These continued exposures led to a disappointing finale and another trophy-less campaign.
The 23 year old former Ajax captain made his debut for the Dutch outfit aged just 18. He has valuable UEFA Cup and Champions League experience which includes two games against the Arsenal in the 2005/06 Champions League Group stages. He is a regular in the Belgium national side and has 21 caps to his name already.
Naturally a centre half, he is left footed and can double up as a left back which gives Arsene more options across the back line next season. Arsenal’s backline was stretched slightly last season with Kieran Gibbs filling in at left back and Mikael Silvestre probably playing more of a part than Arsene Wenger intended when he signed him from Manchester United last summer.
Transfer windows past have seen Arsenal sign players but in turn release key players. However, so far this summer Bakary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Cesc Fabregas have denied links to other European Clubs. We may see a summer where the squad is added to and strengthened rather than being depleted and weakened by the release of key players.
With Wenger’s apparent desire to dip into some transfer funds this summer it could be an exciting few weeks for all Arsenal fans as more players are linked to the club.