Arsenal target 'must be good'

Image: Vermaelen: Gunners link

Robin van Persie is confident Arsenal have identified a quality player in Thomas Vermaelen.

Van Persie talks up reportedly Gunners-bound Vermaelen

Robin van Persie is confident Arsenal have identified a quality player in Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen. The Belgium international is said to be closing in on a move to the Gunners, with latest reports suggesting he is set for a medical. Holland striker Van Persie has welcomed the club's decision to bolster their defence and is sure 23-year-old Vermaelen will prove a successful capture. "It's a good thing," Van Persie told De Telegraaf. "There's nothing wrong with the qualities of Vermaelen. He can play as left-back and central defender and we need this type of player. "The guys that we now have on those positions are already somewhat older. "Oour head scout does and he doesn't do such a thing out of the blue. He needs to see a player 30 to 40 times before a decision is made."

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