Wednesday, 10 March 2010

He is my new hero!

There is always one player that you would pick as your 'favourite' at any given time.

My all-time favourite has to be Thierry Henry. I loved that man like a brother. In fact, I'd probably let him do my missus.

Looking through this current mob of Arsenal players I have to say that I have become particularly taken by a young Belgian, signed by Arsene Wenger last summer.

Thomas Vermaelen has pulled on my heart strings and I have to say that he is my new Arsenal hero!

The man is immense. I think that Wenger deserves a lot of credit for taking a gamble on him and bringing the man to Arsenal.

He was virtually unknown outside of Holland and Belgium. But buying an unknown player is Wenger's favourite type of signing.

I'll be honest, the only time I had ever heard of Vermaelen before he signed was when he grabbed Robin van Persie by the throat in the Amsterdam tournament!

Well, Arsene has done us proud with this one. In my opinion Thomas has been the signing of the campaign by far.

The way he has settled into Arsenal and English football has been amazing. It's like he has played over here for years.

Bacary Sagna had a fantastic first season with us and I was very impressed with how he took to the English Premiership. I believe that Vermaelen has surpassed Sagna's first year with us and has been even more impressive than his team-mate.

And that was no mean feat.

Vermaelen is a warrior and as tough as the best of them. You could almost say that he is the complete defender. My guess is that he could become one of the best defenders in the world.

And that is no exaggeration.

You need players like Vermaelen in the team, and I'm glad that Wenger bought him. In my opinion Thomas could be a future Arsenal captain. I'd select him as the vice-captain to Cesc Fabregas right now. He seems like a born-leader to me.

I think he is absolutely crucial to the rest of Arsenal's campaign. If we lost him to injury or suspension who knows what would happen?

Cesc Fabregas is the star of this team and quite rightly will grab the head-lines but the quiet consistent players who you can rely on are just as important.

Surely Vermaelen will be in the Premiership's best eleven?

Also check out my view on England's World Cup hopes on the A2BWorldCup site here.

It's a fantastic site on all things involving England and the upcoming 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Many thanks to Joppa of Shout From The Crowd for asking me to guest write on there.

Keep it Goonerish................

78 comments:

Anonymous said...

Amen

Danny said...

We Need a song for him!!!

Danny said...

We Need a song for him!!!

Anonymous said...

LOL at u would let him do your missus.....classic

TV5 is somebody you want to go to war with. We're gonna to order one more CB and one more CM to play with TV5 and the greatest Cameroonian ever to play in North London, Mr. Song Billong.

TV5 rocks my socks.

Anonymous said...

rocky would approve of tom at the back, im 100% sure

Anonymous said...

This may sound crazy - but is Eboue an automatic start these days? He just has been playing great imo, and he runs both ways which everyone else doesn't do.

Wrighty7 said...

Make you right mate, Eboue is playing brilliant lately.

It seems we have plenty of players hitting form at the right time.

Messi said...

we have a song for him already guys, its similar to the robin van persie song, ROBIN VAN PERSIE!!! clap clap clap clap clap, THOMAS VERMAELEN clap clap clap clap clap!

ashley said...

Wrighty mate can i just say your blog always leave me with a smile on my face about this being the best team in the country irrespective of results so can just a thank you sir

Wrighty7 said...

Thank you very much Ashley, it is appreciated.

Anonymous said...

TV is the only player at the club that I'd be happy to see in any position on the pitch.

Imagine 11 Vermaelens running at you!

Anonymous said...

Tommy V is the daddy. no question.
But gotta pull you up on Henry being your favourite player. Henry don't hold a light to Bergkamp, Adams, Wright or Brady. These were and always will be our true Kings. And I'd now put Fabregas ahead of Henry too.
There was something incredibly poncey about Henry. 3 golden seasons, a truck load of great goals, but a lot of shit we can't shake off - his Adebayor-like final two seasons, sulking for a move and playing like a cunt, his total incapability to score in a final (I still say he lost us the Champs Lge Final 'cos he was totally invisible).

Anonymous said...

Wrighty ur blog is fukin amazing mate.

We will not lose in the Champions League because of lack of goals.
Defensive solidity is the key. Even though Arshavin put on a show y'day, our complacency was evident, especially in the beginning of the 2nd half. Fabulous4 & Diaby have to trackback, and Sol and Clichy occasionally gives us heart attacks.

Meneurdejeu10

Anonymous said...

Is that the same Ian Wright who slags us off at every opportunity?

Anonymous said...

I have to say I agree with you.

On an different subject, can I just say that Jim Beglin is an uber twat.

Anonymous said...

- to the tune of ' oh my darling clementine'-

Tom Vermaelen, Tom Vermaelen
turns defence into attack
Along with with lager, chips and chocolate,
Belgium made our centre back.

Wrighty7 said...

Cheers Meneurdejeu10!

Anonymous said...

ANON @ 21:31..nice song..hope to hear it in the stadium soon!! lol..

mrfehr said...

HE CAME TO US WHEN TOURE LEFT VERMIE!!! VERMIE!!!! AND SCORED MORE GOALS THAN JOHN TERRY VERMIE!!! VERMIE!!! HES AS HARD AS FUCK AND LOVES TO WIN AND JOHN TERRY IS STILL CHEATING THOMAS VERMAELEM!!!! THE ARSENALS NUMBER 5

Ethangunner said...

hey wrighty ,
yes TV is a Arsenal Legend already !

its hard to come in and make a mark in the defense straight off the bat , not only has he made his mark , he's dominated ..

Anonymous said...

Good blog again as usual but your wrong on one thing wrighty, he wasnt a gamble. Wenger knew of his abilities and new he would be an excellent CB for us. The gamble was Sol coming in and even he's been a great CB for us. So like you said a big kudos to Mr. Arsene Wenger for bringin us yet another diamond in the dirt and makin Arsenal FC wat it is today.

mrfehr said...

He came to us when Toure left Vermie!! Vermie!!
And scored more goals than John Terry, Vermie!! Vermie!!
He's as hard as fuck and loves to win and John Terry is still cheating, Thomas Vermaelen, Arsenals Number 5!!

Anonymous said...

Wrighty, agree with you whole heartily! Vermaelen could very well be a better vice captain for the team! He has leadership, sense of positioning himself and is one hack of a defender!

Anonymous said...

Wrighty, your blogs kick ass!
Thomas Vermaelen is an animal and rock solid in defence! But the thing I like most about him is he's not afraid to to put his body on the line to stop a goalbound shot and his never give up attitude. The only downside to his game, he needs to be abit more rough in his play so the Drogba's and Rooney's don't even think about pushing him around ala Adams/Keown.

All we need is another CB like him and we'll be sweet.

TV5 for President/Prime Minister!!!

Anonymous said...

Wrighty, your blogs kick ass!
Thomas Vermaelen is an animal and rock solid in defence! But the thing I like most about him is he's not afraid to to put his body on the line to stop a goalbound shot and his never give up attitude. The only downside to his game, he needs to be abit more rough in his play so the Drogba's and Rooney's don't even think about pushing him around ala Adams/Keown.

All we need is another CB like him and we'll be sweet.

TV5 for President/Prime Minister!!!

Nik, Sydney.

Anonymous said...

Best song I heard (to same tune as Vieira's) is: Vermaelen whoa whoa, Vermaelen, whoaoaoah, he plays at centre back, he should be in attack, Vermaelen whoa whoa, Vermaelen, whoaoaoah, etc

Anonymous said...

My favourite player has been Samir Nasri for some time now. I really went over the top telling my mates how good he was when we got him. What a player he has become. My girlfriend tells me I'm in love with him.

Really enjoy and appreciate your blog Wrighty.

walter said...

Wrighty 7,
here is a song that we fans from Belgium have heard and it is on the tune My Bonnie is over the ocean:

Our Tommy came over the ocean
Vermaelen cam over the sea
He came here to play for the Gunners
and shits on your wank football team

Sit back, stay slack
admire his skill and his speed, and feet
Sit back, he'll find your crack
The "daddy's" the Arsenal FC.

Nick said...

The favoured block 5 chant is:
Oh Vermaelen, Oh Vermaelen, Oh Vermaelen number 5
Fuck your Rooneys and your Drogbas, cos he'll eat those cunts alive!

To the tune of 'oh my darling'. Along with regular bouts of "Tommy's gonna get you, Tommy's gonna get you!"

Agree that he's got to be the signing of the year, the man's determination, skill in the tackle and all round hardness are a joy to watch.

Anonymous said...

Vermaelen is without doubt the best buy of this season. Well done Arsene! When he arrived I found a picture of him that's half man, half machine, just like the one in Terminator, its been on my 'desktop' ever since. The man is Immense, and will only get better. All we need is a big CB to replace or supplement Gallas's place over the next season and beyond.

Anonymous said...

The Verm is already a legend, and they say Wenger doesn't know anything about defenders!, but they forget that when Wenger buys any player, even defenders, they have to also be technical players, and there's not many of those about. 'Arry of the Scum said he "heard" about Verm, but thought he was a left-back, however Wenger "sees" a player, and saw that he was tailor-made to be a CB (could also be a handy left-back if needed), this is the difference between Wenger and other managers, Wenger has a vision not many managers have.

Wrighty, you see that picture in your title of Keown giving it to Ruud, that is an all time great image of the Arsenal aggression, Arsenal were softer without the great Keown, but you know what, the hard man is back, he is now in the form of the Verm, our new Keown.

Anonymous said...

those jokers who said that the signing of tommy vermaelen was just a gimmick to shut the fans up will surely be eating their words

Anonymous said...

Gunnergirl from the Philippines (where the beaches are fantastic, btw) and I must say, you're always quite a read.

Unfortunately, I'm from where football is ignored; and hence, have to trawl the net for updates. Newsnow, I love you.

TV5 was an inspired signing! He is The Business.

Anonymous said...

unknown outside Holland are u kidding me?

if u have any real interest in football u will have known him for about 4-5 years at least.

Jonathan said...

"Vermaelen is without doubt the best buy of this season"...

Haha! He is our ONLY buy of the season...

digger26 said...

My all-time favourite has to be Thierry Henry. I'd probably let him do my missus.

Why not I have!... boom boom..

Anonymous said...

"My guess is that he could become one of the best defenders in the world."

That is wrong. He's not going to become the best, he already is the best.

Anonymous said...

I was impressed with TV from day one. 6-0 up at Goodison, in the last few minutes he flung himself in front of a shot.... quality defending and just what we needed. AND you could see how disappointed he was when Saha (i thnk) got that late consolation.

Legend in the making and defo future captain material

Anonymous said...

@digger26...... You let Thierry do your missus, fair play :)

Anonymous said...

were you watching Espn Press Pass too why do these people always write us off
anyway you focused on this season I focused on what they said about our future and importantly what they said about us being too light upfront

So I started thinking what will our team will be next season considering as things stand now
I took into assumption that gallas and Merida will renew their contracts and we sign Chamak and Stefan Savic and wont sell any of our first team players

So lets start from Attack
these are the players we should have next season Upfront
Bendtner, Van Persie, Chamak, Vela, Eduardo, Arshavin, Nasri, Walcott, Rosicky

Arshavin ———————- Chamak —————— Van Persie
(Nasri, Vela) ——— (Eduardo, Bendtner) —— (Walcott, Rosicky)

that’s plenty of height upfront and a good amount of cover if one gets injured.

These players should be Sold – Simpson (Celtic) and maybe Murphy
Players who will be Loaned – Sunu, Watt and Barazite (high hopes for him)

Now lets go to the Midfield
these are the players we will have in the middle
Denilson, Song, Norvedit (possibly), Cesc, Diaby, WIlshere, Nasri, Merida (I dont want to include Ramsey in their because as we know it take a lot of time to fully recover)

———————————– Song
————————–(Norvedit, Denilson)
———- Fabregas ————————————– Diaby
(Wilshere, Merida, Nasri) ————————– (Wilshere, Denilson)

Players who could be SOLD – Randall, Nortvedit (possibly)
Players who should be send on loan – Lansbury (EPL side), Merida (6 months), Frimpong, JET, Eastmond

Now lets go to the Defense
these are the players we will have in the Defense
Sagna, Eboue, Sol (upto wenger), Vermaelen, Gallas, Djourou, Stefan, Clichy, Gibbs, Traore

Sagna ————————– Gallas ———————- Vermaelen ———————- Clichy
(Eboue, Djourou) ——- ((Djourou, Sol) ————- (Stefan, Djourou) —— (Gibbs, Traore)

Players who should be RELEASED next season —- Silvestre, Sendros, Bothelo, Gilbert, Hoyte
Players who will be Loaned Next Season – Coquelin, Bartley

So this what our team would look like next season

—————————————————– Almunia —————————————————
——————————————- ( Fabianski, Martinez ) —————————————-
Sagna ————————– Gallas ———————- Vermaelen ———————- Clichy
( Eboue, Djourou ) —– ( (Djourou, Sol ) —– ( Stefan, Djourou ) —– ( Gibbs, Traore )
—————————————————— Song ——————————————————-
———————————————( Norvedit, Denilson ) ——————————————
—————— Fabregas ——————————————– Diaby——————————-
——-( Wilshere, Merida, Nasri ) —————— ( Wilshere, Denilson )————————–
—— Van Persie —————————- Chamak ——————————— Arshavin —–
—– ( Walcott, Rosicky ) ————– ( Eduardo, Bendtner ) ————— ( Nasri, Vela )

SO these are all the players who will be Sold – Simpsons (QPR), Murphy, Randall
Players who will be Released – Silvestre, Sendros, Norvedit (possibily), Bothelo, Gibert, Hoyte
Players who will be Loaned – Mannone, Wzscheny, Bartley, Coquelin, Lansbury, Merida, Frimpong, JET, Sunu, Watt, Barazite

PHEW
that took a while WOW I guess Andrew I wasn’t going to do it first but since you did something like this I thought I will chip in as well
One final comment we are going to KiCKA$$ next season I would love to see so called pundits from Soccernet Press Pass try and write this team off.
We are at least 3 man deep in every position and our attack is as lethal as you can be in EUROPE. Next season lets go for FA CUP, Carling CUP, EPL and Champions League.

But the imporatnt thing is to focus on this season lets try and win EPL and CL and we can try and better ourselves by winning 4 trophies next season.

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