So far this season the only signing for Arsenal has been that of defender Thomas Vermaelen from Ajax. But a lot of the talk amongst Gunners’ fans has been tthe question of if he tall enough for a centre back? His real height is believed to be 5’11”, but some have commented that he may be only 5’8” and with Gallas and Toure also of moderate height, we may be selling ourselves short – excuse the pun! After all we do need that commanding presence.
But does size really matter? He seems like he is up to the physical challenge of the Premiership and his words upon arrival were very encouraging.
Vermaelen has been a key member of Ajax defensive line since 2004. He also captained the side last season and has represented his native Belgium on 21 occasions. When Arsenal came calling for his services he relished the opportunity, once again indicating that Ajax and indeed Dutch football are not the force they once were.
Arsene Wenger has always produced shrewd signings season after season especially on an attacking front. His defensive purchases, on the other hand, have not always been up to scratch – Cygan and Stepanovas to name but two.
Gunners great Tony Adams has also publicly spoken about Vermaelen suggesting he was a good player but may not be ready for the Arsenal, commenting that we did not need another ‘small one’.
So we will just have to wait and see what the ‘big’ or ‘small’ man can do. Let’s hope he fits in well and becomes an integral part of the Arsenal back four.
Here is a video of his first interview with Arsenal:
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