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End of Season Report Thomas Vermaelen

May 19, 2012

Thomas Vermaelen Scores against Newcastle

Name Thomas Vermaelen

  • Born November 14, 1985 Kapellen, Belgium
  • Position Defender
  • Squad Number 5
  • Previous Club(s) AFC Ajax Amsterdam, RKC Waalwijk (Loan), KFC Germinal Beerschot (Colonel Saunders was his manager)
  • Joined Arsenal June 19, 2009 Played 90 Scored 14 assists

TV5 joined Arsenal from Ajax on a four-year contract for around £8m, this was after the Kolo Toure became the first of many Arsenal players to leave for the petro dollars of Man City. TV5 made his debut in 6-1 away win against Everton and scored thus becoming the 84th Arsenal player to score on their debut.

Arsenal fans voted TV5 player of the month twice in a row and nicknamed him the ‘Verminator’. As it happens after an award comes a downer as TV5 scored an own goal against Chelsea. He was becoming a top goalscoring defender and hit a superb 25 yard left footer against Blackburn.  TV5 got recognition for a having good season being included in the PFA team of the season.TV5 ended the season with 45 games and 8 goals.

Tv5 started all Arsenal’s games at the start of 2010-11 before suffering an Achilles injury on international duty with Belgium (bloody internationals). after many setbacks Mr. Wenger confirmed in early March that TV5 would play no more part that season. Many thought the club already knew this in January but kept it quiet to avoid going into transfer market. TV5 did play the last game of the season in the 2-1 home defeat to Villa.

The Verminator has become a big favourite with the fans at Arsenal since his arrival. A defender with no fear, goes in hard, Though not the biggest center back, he has a good leap on him, times his tackles well and reads the game well. The Verminator also gets a good amount of goals for a center back.

2011-12…

TV5 started this season well and was one of the first CB’s to run around with Andy Carroll in his pocket in the early home game to Liverpool, though we lost 0-2. Already without Songinho due to FA ban after the Newcastle game and Gervinho due to a sending off in same match (cheers Joey Barton, Karma is a bitch(Man City last game), isn’t it). The Dench picked up two yellows and got sent off. Liverpool struck twice in the final 11 mins. TV5 having let Carroll out of his pocket on 71 mins to be replaced by Suarez who later scored. Liverpool’s first came with a clearance by Miquel, that hit Ramsey and loop over the stranded Szczesny. Spuds first? Norwich’s Second, anyone? Three in one season.

TV5 then picked up an ankle injury and had to wait until the Bolton game in the Worthless Cup (Pudsey got more for winning BGT, that the winners do for the winning the Worthless Cup) before his next match and was a late sub in the 5-3 win at Chelsea, where at least he could laugh at his opposite number falling on his arse 🙂 TV5 said:

“Personally I don’t believe in that [needing games to regain sharpness],” he said. “If I come back from injury after a long time I don’t believe in coming back and getting rhythm.”November

TV5 bagged a couple of goals in November West Brom and Fulham

“There’s a lot of competition and that can only be good for the team,” he said. “It’s good to be able to rest players when they need it, so I don’t think it’s a problem.”

Arsenal now short of full backs saw TV5 playing at left back as cover for Santos and Gibbs and TV5 himself picked up another Injury against QPR as the curse of the Arsenal full backs continued.

 “If you are winning games then you are in the mood, you are positive and your confidence just goes up,” he said. “That’s what’s happened with this team.”

Thomas returned for the home match with Manchester United, where just before half time he was out jumped by Valencia who put United 1-0 up and went onto win 2-1 due to the crazy decision to replace Oxo with Arshavin. Next up was the 3-2 comeback v Aston Villa in the FA Cup where after Tv5 had a superb strike saved by Given, Villa went 2-0 up by half time. A storming early seven minute spell in the second half saw two RVP penalties and a Hutton assisted 🙂 goal from Theo give the Arsenal a 3-2 win

“I want to play at Wembley because I haven’t done that yet,” he said. “It’s a really nice stadium, I was there at the Carling Cup final last season, so I got a chance to see it even if I didn’t play. The atmosphere was fantastic, so it would be amazing to play there.”

TV5 continued to fill in at left back until Kieran Gibbs’ return.

TV5 scored the fantastic late winner against Newcastle and followed that up with the only goal in the 1-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park as Arsenal went on a run of seven successive league wins.

“He is an absolute soldier, someone you’d always want in front of you and a real leader who just wants to win,” said team-mate Theo Walcott. “To see him banging in another big goal at Everton was great. I’m happy for him – he had his injury problems last season but he’s one of the best defenders in the world without a doubt.”

TV5 played  against Manchester City, Wolves and Chelsea as Arsenal kept clean sheets and scored in the 2-1 home defeat to Wigan.

“Thomas Vermaelen has been absolutely vital for us,” said Arsene Wenger. “He has a nose in the box to find a goal where it is needed and I must say he is a good finisher. He is the only one, along with Robin, who gets on the end of crosses with headers. When you see him head the ball you have hope that he will score because he really goes for it.”

P38 PL 28(1) scored 6 Europe 7 FA Cup 2 League Cup 1(1)

I think TV5 suffered this season from playing in a disjointed defence, that although individually good as players they did not seem to play as a unit. Tv5’s season was up and down if I am honest, very good and goalscoring defender in some games and switching off in other games. This I am sure was not helped by the stints at covering for Santos and Gibbs.

Tv5 is Still a class defender and one his team mates would happily go to war behind. Right now I am hoping that Stevie Bould can get to grips with our defence and get them playing as a unit, where maybe next season, we could go the season conceding about 15/20 fewer goals. Tv5’s goal at home Newcastle was one of the season’s moments for me. My son and I went bonkers as did the whole ground with relief. The way he made he way up the field from Defence as the move progressed quickly to be on the end of a Theo cross and make it 2-1 was a joy. Sadly his season would also have moments such as the match at QPR and WBA where he looked flat-footed..

Trivia

  • His parents own a plumbing business
  • He was good at maths in school
  • He made a trip to Congo in summer 2010 as a charity ambassador
  • His favourite hobby outside of football is table tennis
  • He is a big fan of Formula One
  • His footballing heroes are Romario and Fabio Cannavaro
  • He always wanted to meet the singer Michael Jackson
  • He was a fan of Ajax when he was young

Marks out of 10 – (6) Must improve along with defence as whole next season.

Next up “The BFG”

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