Greetings all and welcome to another thrilling post at the Arsenal FC Blog. Why is it thrilling, you ask? Well, for two reasons, I answer. One, it’s full of transfery goodness and two, I’ve had a couple of beers. Huzzah!
There’s no better place to start than with Thomas Vermaelen, who right about now should be making his way to an airport in Amsterdam to catch a short flight over to London and complete a medical with our beloved Arsenal Football Club. I broke the news of this yesterday but for those who missed it, Vermaelen’s signing is likely to be confirmed over the weekend and judging from these comments, he couldn’t be happier.
Another transfer target who is much further off penning a deal with us is Felipe Melo. I mentioned yesterday that the Fiorentina midfielder has been linked with Arsenal and he played and scored for Brazil in their 3-0 Confederations Cup win over the USA. Melo opened the scoring in the 6th minute with a powerful header and put in a very decent all-round performance for his country.
You can check out a video of Melo’s header here, as well as another video highlighting his passing and positioning skills playing against Juventus last season. He remains a speculative link, but I have to say the more I see and read about him the more enticing a prospect he appears. Plus, he wears Number 88. How cool is that!
I’ll be following Melo’s progress throughout the final three games of the Confederations Cup (there’s no way Brazil won’t make the final) so stay tuned for further updates.
Theo Walcott bounced back from the rejection of being dropped for England’s U21 Championship game against Spain by coming off the bench to provide an excellent assist for their second goal in his country’s 2-0 win. It was an illustration the simple yet effective impact his sheer pace can have on a game of football and I’d be very surprised if Stuart Pearce left him out of the side as they progress further in the tournament. Just as a side note, Kieran Gibbs was also involved, playing the full 90 minutes at left-back.
Anyway, that’s really it for today. As I mentioned earlier I’ll be posting any Vermaelen-related news over the course of the weekend and, assuming the transfer goes through, providing a fairly detailed analysis of what it means for the club on Monday.
Bye for now, and be sure to enjoy your weekend!
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