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Vermaelen is Coming Back for Arsenal – Samba is Still Available

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen is expected to be back from his achilles injury before the end of January after completing a full day of training without any problems. After suffering an injury to his achilles on international duty in August, the Belgian, who was impressively solid at the back in his first season at the Emirates has missed the majority of his sides games, provoking Arsene Wenger to contemplate dipping into his pockets, and bringing a new defender to Arsenal as a replacement for the 25 year-old Vermaelen.

Wenger had admitted however, that he will see how Vermaelen is towards the end of January, and then make a decision as to whether to use the transfer market to add to his defence. The manager was also adamant that no new signings will be made in January in any other position:

“In the offensive department, [a new signing] is completely excluded. In midfield, completely excluded,”

“With the goalkeepers, I stand as firm as ever.

“At the back, it just depends on Vermaelen. I am just waiting to know more about him, and then at the end of January we will have to make a decision.”

Wenger has been linked with a move for Blackburn Rovers captain Christopher Samba after the no-nonsense powerhouse announced his displeasure towards the attitude of the new owners as well as the odd sacking of Sam Allardyce, and claimed he wants no part in the future of the club. Different figures are being bounced around for his price, but the player would certainly be affordable, at around £8 – 10 million. He would add better solidity in the Arsenal back line, and contrast with the inconsistencies of Wenger’s summer signings, Squillaci and Koscielny as well as adding to the squads strength in depth.

The Gunners defence was hardly troubled against Manchester City as Arsenal did all the attacking, and City did all of the defending, but to challenge for the title, Arsenal need a top class defence, a consistent defence and a defence that can cope with the best attacks. Wenger said:

“The first signs of how he feels will be very important. Should he not be able to come back quickly, central defence is an area in which we would be short, but rather than talk about transfers I would like to focus on the squad we have, and ensure everyone makes his contribution to the team’s success.”

Tell me what you think!

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  1. CWT

    January 7, 2011 at 9:42 am

    Hope that Vermaelen stays injured until he suddenly become healthy again after Jan 31. So at least Arsene will buy another defender.

    Hope that Vermaelen reads this and pretend to be seriuosly injured until Jan 31 which is the key date.

  2. ramseyrules

    January 7, 2011 at 9:44 am

    surely nd new news tht samba has said he would sign for arsenal before chelsea nd spurs
    wenger is gonna buy no matter what happens to tv5, hes just an excuse!!!
    nd i can bet on it

  3. Steven

    January 7, 2011 at 9:52 am

    If I were Wenger, I’ll prefer to buy an additional CB and worry about who gets to play later in the season. My pick would be Samba–who wants out of Balckburn– and not the much publicised Jagielka or Cahill.We still need that tall, strong and brut-force CB and Samba is all of that and a captain–at Blackburn– he is vocal, a threat at set pieces and loads of experience in the EPL; And he is still just 26, he’ll settle in asap! I wont worry about how to get all the CBs–when fit– to play.That is a rather ‘positive problem’ for Arsenal still in the title race, FA Cup, Carling Cup and CL. In case of an injury or suspension to Song, or even an event of both and when we play top sides like Barca, Man Utd, Chelsea and we need to hold out for a result, Vermaelen or Djourou can play as DM. TV5 can play as a LB and lots of other defensive options are there to exploit because if we win the CC, go far in all other competitions this season, we may still have an excuse but NEXT SEASON, we’ll be fighting against a top 5 and being able to get a clean sweep of all titles should be our goal and not just one title. A defence that is settled is the bedrock for that.Chelsea, Citeh and United has proved that the better your defence, the greater your chances of winning a trophy. Just do it Wenger!

  4. Soladok

    January 7, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I just praye AW buys a new CB regardless of tv5 fitness. We need one badly!

  5. G4L

    January 7, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Samba would be a great signing… Bags of experience & is as solid as a rock… Plus he scares the living daylights out of attackers! …& he’s only 26??? I thought he was about 40!!! Him & the Verminator would be a force at the back! C’mon Wenger, get your debit card out & get him!

  6. Eleanor

    January 7, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I thought Vermaelen’s natural long-term partner was Djourou – not some overpriced malcontent who can’t run for toffee.

    Yes, Samba’s solid … maybe even “solid as a rock” but he’s also as immovable as a rock and just as ponderous.

    Just what we need when we’ve got Djourou.

    But then some of you guys would buy anyone as long as some dumb fabricating website told you he was “linked with Arsenal” … as if?

  7. Mark

    January 7, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    good news that he pulled up well from training

  8. george chunga

    January 7, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    mr manager i’m % blieve in you tht you’ll bling us samba,what we need is only that man go wenger go!


    January 7, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Haba ! Is wenger blind not to see that samba is perfect.

    • Grant

      January 11, 2011 at 11:32 am

      nawa for u so d thing dey pepper u? abi u no know say Wenger go buy wetin him wan buy..all this one na mere speculations..Gunner4Life!!

  10. IncredibleG

    January 7, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Agree wholeheartedly with Eleanor(beautiful name, by the way)
    Based on form so far, Djourou should make a fantastic pair with TV(assuming he continues from where he left off). Kozzer is a fantastic, developing number 3 and anyone that says otherwise is having their opinion twisted by MotD and not actually watching him play. Squillaci is prone to errors in our style of play but is still 150 times better than Silvestre was.
    4 fit dedicated CBs + Alex Song + Youth = more than enough cover. Too many people jump on this “we need to buy” bandwagon whenever it rolls around. Just because Samba looks handy in Blackburn’s parked bus doesn’t mean he’ll provide anything of value to us.

  11. makenzi

    January 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    @CWT if he does Verm pretends to be injured he might lose his place to Djouro and the new CB

  12. Homer

    January 7, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Agree Eleanor, and Incred-G.

    These fools spend far too much time playing video games. Ha!

  13. nicky

    January 7, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    Where would Samba fit in, if Vermaelen returns? As a big-money signing he would certainly expect a first-team place.

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  15. Beo

    January 7, 2011 at 9:40 pm

    Some Arsenal fans calling for Samba reminds me of the calls for Filipe Melo 2 years ago! Eleanor got it right, I don’t see that malcontent as fitting into our backline. But if AW decides he wants him, I will trust his judgement.

  16. papabass

    January 26, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    the bottom line is that we need a CB cos the run in to any season is very key.

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