Today I’ve interviewed life-long Ajax and Arsenal supporter ‘goonerchris’ to bring you some information on the mystery man that is Thomas Vermaelen. Enjoy.
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First, tell us a little bit about yourself and your knowledge of Vermaelan.
I’m Australian but have a Dutch heritage. I’ve watched Ajax my whole life because of my family but I am also a Gooner and have been for 15 years. I still regularly watch Ajax matches on TV and have seen quite a bit of Vermaelen over the past few years.
So let’s start with his all-important height. Rumours are that he’s 5’11 but I’ve read elsewhere that he’s as tall as 6’2. Your thoughts?
His official stats say 180cm or 6’0. I don’t think immense height is a necessary quality in a centre half. I think as long as you can read the play and be in the right position and are willing to put your head and body where it needs to be that is more important.
How does he like to play? Is he a bit of a hard nut like Nemanja Vidic or more similar to what we already have?
There have been Vidic references before and I feel they are some what accurate. He definitely likes to tackle hard to get in the strikers face and let them know he is around. I remember him getting in Van Persie’s face a while ago when we played them. My opinion is he is far more physical than the defenders we have currently. He can also be used in a defensive midfield role and usually chips in with a handful of goals each season.
Vermaelen is only 23 but is the captain of Ajax. Obviously he’s something of a leader?
He always seems to be talking. He directs the play a lot from the back and he seems to have the respect of his team mates.
What’s his injury record like? Have we got another Tomas Rosicky on our hands?
I have not known him to have any major problems in the past. I don’t think this will be a problem.
If he joins do you think Vermaelen would be ready to slot straight into the first team? Does it spell the end for William Gallas or Kolo Toure?
I think he will fit in nicely. I think Gallas or Toure (more likely Toure) will be going regardless of whether or not we get Vermaelen. I think Toure will probably go to Man City with Richards coming our way in the deal. Toure has been a great player for the club but with his contract up next year and his age I feel Wenger might feel the time is right to let him go.
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So there we go. Thanks to ‘goonerchris’ for the info. Now we’ll just have to wait and see whether he joins or not.
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