Vermaelen gets another chance at Arsenal but it could be his last

According to The Mirror, current Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen will keep his captaincy after weeks of speculation that he will be replaced by somebody else due to the poor season he has just had with The Gunners. Should he be allowed to keep his captaincy or even stay at the club?

The Belgian was widely criticised last season after a string of poor performances and defensive errors. His mistakes caused Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny to become the undisputed first choice centre backs in the team and left Vermaelen on the bench most of the time.

Barcelona could be poised to poach Vermaelen from Arsenal

According to reports that have persisted with Arsenal in the past and now reappeared across several media outlets today, it seems as if the dominating Spanish club of FC Barcelona are still interested in Thomas Vermaelen despite a poor season from the Belgium international.

Perhaps it’s just because he is Arsenal’s captain and so Barcelona feel it’s necessary to table a bid for the player, like they have done several times in the past, but I honestly find it quite strange to why their interest remains, that is if the reports are deemed to be true in the first place. Vermaelen endured what was his worst season at the club since his arrival in 2009 from Dutch club Ajax.

Arsenal have a new star and a leader in Walcott

This season has been an excellent one for Theo Walcott. He has produced some of his best performances since joining Arsenal from Southampton in 2006. He was not even 17-years old when he became a Gunner, but it was only this season that he really became a true Gunner.

His extra confidence and maturity has been evident since the start of the season, and that in turn has led to his best ever statistics of 21 goals and 17 assists. Considering that he had a few injury problems, as well as the distraction of his contract negotiations, Theo has done amazingly well to produce the impact that he has.

Van Persie Flop at Euros? Not at all says Wenger!

Robin Van Persie only managed to score once for the Netherlands at the European Championships, as they meekly dropped away from the tournament without winning a single point. The Arsenal striker was critized by the Holland fans and pundits as he missed chance after chance, especially in the first game defeat by Denmark.

But Arsene Wenger personally thinks the critics are totally wrong, in fact he thinks Van Persie was the best striker in the whole competition. He said: “Robin deserves more credit than he gets in the Netherlands,”

Verminator – Arsenal’s next captain (who won’t be sold ever!)

While the future of Arsenal skipper and super striker Robin van Persie remains unclear at best, his deputy Thomas Vermaelen has made his intentions crystal clear by declaring he wishes to stay on at the North London club “forever”.

In a declaration more apt for one’s wedding vows, 27-year old center back Vermaelen took advantage of some press time ahead of Belgium’s international friendly with England on Saturday to discuss his love for Arsenal and his desire to be at the club for eternity and ever more.

Captain Arteta rues Arsenal’s missed chances

The Spaniard Mikel Arteta was made captain of Arsenal, in the absence of Robin Van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen, against Leeds this week, and although Arsenal won the game in the end, he believes that the Gunners need to take their early chances to kill teams off.

Not just against Leeds, but recent games against Wolves and especially Fulham, Arsenal failed to build on an early lead to make sure of victory.

Arteta was very pleased to be made captain for the Leeds game but pointed out that it would have been much easier if the Gunners had pulled away early in the match.

Robin Van Persie – I am committed to Arsenal

Arsenal’s team captain Robin Van Persie snapped after all the rumours relating him to a possible leave in January or June, and he offered a statement for the club’s official website dismissing every story the newspapers came up with. The Dutch striker also vowed his commitment to The Gunners and to the captaincy he now holds

“I want to say something about my commitment to Arsenal because there have been many stories in the media lately,” said Van Persie.

“I am committed to Arsenal, and that’s how it is, despite people [in the media] making up stories. For example, they said I was selling my house, but that’s nothing recent, I moved house last year.