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Vertonghen Reveals Reasons Behind Arsenal Snub

Jan Vertonghen claims he snubbed a move to Arsenal in favour of joining rivals Tottenham Hotspur because Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wanted to play him in midfield


Jan Vertonghen claims he snubbed a move to Arsenal in favour of joining rivals Tottenham Hotspur because Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wanted to play him in midfield, according to Sky Sports News.

The report claims the north London duo were battling for the defenders signature in the summer after he decided to call time on a nine-year stay with Ajax. Vertonghen ended up signing for Spurs and according to Sky Sports News the 25-year-old has revealed he made the decision after the Gunners told him they saw his future as a midfielder, and the Belgian ace also claims the project at White Hart Lane was more appealing.

“(Arsenal’s interest) was concrete, but they wanted me to be a controller in the midfield, an Emmanuel Petit-type,”

“I’m not afraid of competition, but the overall picture of Spurs appealed to me more.” Vertonghen is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News

Vertonghen has looked more than comfortable on the ball during the early stages of his time with Tottenham, so it’s no surprise that Arsene Wenger thought he could turn him into a central midfielder. Shame he didn’t fancy it as I would have liked to see how he cut it in that role.

The Belgian has been forced to play at left back for the first few months of his career at the Lane due to a long-term injury to regular number one Benoit Assou-Ekotto, but the Cameroonian international is close to a first team return which should allow Vertonghen to play in his more preferred centre-back position – something he’s looking forward to. He continued:

“Ultimately, I just came to play at centre-back.

“Gareth Bale had to play left-back, but it did not work so he pushed forward and I moved to full-back.

“I see myself as a centre-back. I’m not agile enough to play against players like Nani and (Raheem) Sterling.” Vertongehn is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News

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What do Arsenal and Tottenham fans make of Vertonghen’s comments? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. Mike

    December 13, 2012 at 9:33 pm

    Another stupid decision by Wenger. This guy is very very good defensively, unlike his current Captain TV5 who is unbelievably error prone. On top of that, half the time you see Vermaelen he is playing as a Centre Forward, leaving Mertesacker to defend against 2 strikers.
    A better choice would have been to put him in Defensive Midfield and put the solid Vertonghen at the back

  2. MarkC

    December 13, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    We all know that the real reason is because he needed to have Tuesday and Wednesday evenings off to watch the Arsenal play in the Champions League, and he knew he might be busy for a couple of weeks on a Thursday.. It’s just obvious!

    • Bob

      December 13, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      He has to do with one year of no CL football, after that it’s Spurs in the Cl every single year and Arsenal in the EL.

  3. Bob

    December 13, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    The ironic thing is that Vertonghen didn’t want to come because Wenger wanted to use him in midfield, but the guy is that good that he would’ve easily be our number one CB as well.

  4. Bob

    December 13, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Vertonghen has been a spursfan all his life…


  5. surerwhitehero

    December 13, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    vertongen came to the glory boys rather than the
    sort of club who have only one goaland that is to pay off the stadium. Year after year since the septic tank took over the reins at the arse they raise the mortgage money buy selling there best.

    • bc

      December 13, 2012 at 10:45 pm

      it will be your turn soon, lets see how your money men react to that before you get too trappy.

      as for vertonghen, he hasnt really seen much game time up against the real top strikers of the the premier league yet. i for one always hoped he would join the arsenal and like campbell young and walford before him, he will realise his mistake and i am sure he will end up at the emirates anyway

  6. Tom Wojtyga

    December 13, 2012 at 10:36 pm

    Typical Wenger, trying to spend 12 million on a solid defender , only to play him out of position . Podolski has been playing center forward all his footballing life, that’s roughly 18 years, but Le professor thinks he is better suited to a midfield position as well.Maybe Arsenal would be better served if Wenger went out and got an actual quality midfielder to play midfield. Now I know that’s a radical concept but it just might work.

  7. allan1340

    December 14, 2012 at 12:14 am

    Why Wenger wants all the time changed player from one post to another??? the result is non of them can work what they are good to. look at Gervinio he is not striker or our Podulsky he is not good in the left and he admit many times!!!! MAYBE SOME TIMES YOU USE PLAYER in different position but not all the time

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