Vermaelen 'heading to Gunners'

Image: Vermaelen: Arsenal interest

Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen has claimed he is poised to complete a move to Arsenal.

Ajax defender relishing Arsenal switch

Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen has claimed he is poised to complete a move to Arsenal. With Gunner boss Arsene Wenger admitting he needs to strengthen his defence over the summer, the Belgium international has been tipped as a likely target. And a switch to Emirates Stadium could be completed before the end of the week, with the 23-year old confirming further discussions are due to take place. Reports suggest a fee of around £11million has been agreed for Vermaelen, who can operate in the centre of defence or at left-back.

Challenge

Vermaelen told Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad: "Moving to Arsenal is the right path for me. "It is a great sporting challenge and I will also be financially better off. I think everything is going to be OK. "In the coming days there will be more talks." But Gunners legend Tony Adams has warned Wenger against splashing out on Vermaelen, who stands at 5ft 11ins.
Small one
Adams fears that the Frenchman's top target lacks the height required to dominate in the Premier League and believes he has been playing at an inferior level. Adams told the Daily Mirror: "Thomas is a very good player but I don't think he's ready for the Arsenal. "I don't think the punters at Arsenal would like another small one. "I have been looking at the Dutch league, but it's been decimated. It's a poor league at the moment, there's one or two players, but they're leaving too early as well."

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