Kroos Has Excellent Year

 

This year simply could not have gone any better for Toni Kroos as the German midfielder was praised to be one of the best players during the 2014 World Cup as he made consistent performances representing his nation at the international stage which concluded with Germany lifting the 2014 World Cup trophy, something they have not accomplished since 1990.

This triumph arrives sometime after Bayern Munich lifted the Bundesliga league title as well as securing the German Cup and now to top it all off Toni Kross is seeking his way towards Real Madrid on a permanent deal.

The transfer has been announced and confirmed by the player himself as he revealed to the public that it’s a dream not only being able to lift the World Cup silverware but also going on and joining the Spanish side Real Madrid.

“We’ve finished the World Cup in the best way possible. Now I’m going to Madrid, so that’s two dreams achieved,” the 24-year-old said.

A transfer fee in the region of €25 million is expected that Real Madrid will have to pay in order to lure Toni Kroos away from the Allianz Arena at Bayern Munich and into the Santiago Bernabeu. Carlo Ancelotti does not want to fall behind in this summer transfer window as their rivals, Barcelona have already made a huge signing as they signed Luis Suarez for €94 million and now Ancelotti is trying to reinforce his squad for the upcoming season.

Toni Kroos played an influential role for Germany during the 2014 World Cup as he played every single minute of the tournament and managed on scoring twice as well as providing 8 assists for his teammates. During his time as a player of Bayern Munich he was paid £60,000-per-week but with the transfer to Real Madrid having already been announced, his salary is expected to go up.

 

LIMITED APPEARANCES

Vermaelen’s season has been limited to only a few numbers of appearances and this due to the fact that the Belgian defender is being eclipsed by the partnership that Per Mertesacker and Koscielny have formed throughout the entire campaign.

The lack of playing time has sparked a series of rumors involving Vermaelen wanting to leave Arsenal by the end of the current season when his contract expires.

Koscielny picked up an injury which has allowed Vermaelen on getting more playing time in the last few matches and Wenger stated that this is the chance for the Belgian defender to prove that he deserves a spot in his starting XI.

“We know Thomas has paid a heavy price for having Laurent and Per who worked well together. But he has an opportunity to show how good he is and I’m sure he will take it.” Wenger said.

 

The future of Vermaelen remains uncertain as he was close to signing with Napoli a few months ago and it does not look like his situation at the Emirates Stadium is going to change anytime soon but even though he is not going through the best of times with Wenger and Arsenal, he still wants the French coach to continue his role at the club.

“Everybody wants him to stay as long as he can. He’s been incredible what he’s done for this club and for the players as well. We would be really happy for him signing on for a few more years’’.

“The spirit is unbelievable in the team. We’ve worked a lot on our team shape and everybody knows their role in the team, everybody’s working for each other and that’s because there is a great team spirit. That’s the great improvement for us this season’’. Vermaelen said.

Depending on how Arsenal performs during the remaining matches of the Premier League and the FA Cup, it will be the deciding factor on whether or not Wenger remains in charge of Arsenal.

VERMAELEN STAYS

Despite not being a 1st choice option for Arsene Wenger, Thomas Vermaelen said that he will continue being in Arsenal. Having only made a very limited number of appearances for the English club, he has fallen behind the pecking order of the French tactician who prefers choosing Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker ahead of the Belgium defender.

“I’m still confident I can play for this club,” he said. “I keep reading stories that I want to leave. But that’s not the case. I’m still focused on the team. I am always positive. In any case it is not about my situation. It’s what the team does and I am really happy that we’re top of the league.” Said Vermaelen.

The Belgium defender made his move to Arsenal in 2009 and made an immediate impact into the club as he scored 7 goals in 33 matches and being a rock solid defender as he helped the club clinch a 3rd place finish.

A achilles injury saw him unable to play up until the season of 2011-12 once more making impressive performances for the team that earned him in the captain armband around the same time that Van Persie left Arsenal but ever since he was pointed out as being the leader of the team, his appearances took a downhill fall.

His constant runs upfront in search of goals and the defensive abilities he showed some seasons ago just seemed to disappear and Wenger had no option left but choose Mertesacker and Koscielny ahead of Vermaelen. The defensive duo have proved to be a good choice for Arsenal as they are one of the clubs that has conceded less goals in this season but this leaves no place for Vermaelen.

The 28 years old defender already said he will not exit the club but considering the lack of matches and with the World Cup edging closer and closer, it might just be his best option to set his sights away from Arsenal.

MAY LEAVE

Arsenal captain and defender Thomas Vermaelen has hinted that he may consider leaving the club in January after failing to get regular first-team opportunities at the club since the start of the season. Belgian defender Vermaelen was signed from Ajax a few years ago and he quickly established himself as one of the best defenders in the Premier league. This led to transfer rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona, which never became concrete. Since the rumours about Barcelona came up, Vermaelen has never been the same player. This has led to him being consistently dropped from the first team.

The World Cup is fast approaching and Vermaelen faces a strong fight to get into the national team. The Belgian squad is one of the strongest in the world right now with a lot of good players like Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard, Romelu Lukaku, and Marouane Fellaini across the pitch. For the first time, Vermaelen has admitted that he needs to play regularly. He has said that if things do not improve, then January may be an option for him. He has thus hinted that he is ready to end his Arsenal career in order to play at the World Cup.

There has been no reports of any new interest from Barcelona in Vermaelen.

“I’ll have to think about that when it’s necessary. January is still a few months ahead. Of course, never playing will not be the ideal situation for me to go to the World Cup, that’s for sure. People ask me if I panic because I’m not playing a lot but I’m not. I have spoken to the manager but it will remain private between us. Things can happen in a split second and change my situation. That can happen tomorrow or next weekend,” said Vermaelen.

WILSHERE LIMPS OFF

Jack Wilshere was recently substituted much earlier in the recent 1-0 win over Tottenham during the weekend. This spelled bad news for England and Roy Hodgson because they have two crucial World Cup qualifying matches in the next few days.

England have already lost a number of key personnel just prior to this match. The likes of Liverpool defender Glen Johnson and Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney are unlikely to be involved in the match after missing matches for the club during the weekend. Wilshere is seen as one of the important players for the England national team. Continue reading WILSHERE LIMPS OFF

Thomas Vermaelen to remain Arsenal skipper

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger stated that Thomas Vermaelen will remain the club captain despite there being doubts about him being fit for the start of the new Premier League season as well as his ability to force himself back into the starting berth. The Belgian international has long been dogged by fitness issues and his recent injury woe has kept him out of the club’s pre-season tour of the Far East.

But according to Wenger, the defender is still central to his plans and will remain the club’s captain. The Arsenal manager dropped the centre back for the club’s UEFA Champions League win against Bayern Munich in Germany in March and the defender found him on the fringes of the action since then. He was left on the bench for the final ten Premier League matches of the club as the manager preferred the partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny at the heart of the defense.

Only once when the German international Mertesacker was serving a suspension did Thomas Vermaelen did start in a home win against minnows Norwich City. Wenger admitted that the injury issues might force the player to miss the start of the new season amidst question marks over the future of the 27 year old at the club. Reports from Spain have suggested Barcelona has shortlisted the defender as a target to cover the ageing Carles Puyol. The Belgian international will also be worried by the fact that Arsenal is chasing Swansea City defender Ashley Williams.

And for Thomas Vermaelen, the next season being a World Cup year, he knows that he needs to play regularly if he wants to board the flight to Rio with Belgium who are looking good to qualify. But Wenger has reiterated that the media should not read too much into the player’s absence from the tour.

BOULD HAS AN IMPACT

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has praised the impact of the new assistant manager Steve Bould, who has become the replacement for Pat Rice. The long serving assistant manager decided to step down from his post at the end of last season, which has left a major void in the club.

The club are already suffering from the departure of David Dean many seasons ago. However, the Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has said that he is extremely pleased with the impact of the new assistant manager Steve Bould, who has replaced Pat Rice efficiently in the first few weeks of the training.

Thomas Vermaelen has been linked with a move to Barcelona, but the 24-year-old defender quashed any rumours by saying that he would like to commit his future to Arsenal. He has said that this season has been extremely different because Arsenal have been making crucial signings in many areas of the pitch. Even though the departure of Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott has been spoken about, Thomas Vermaelen reckons that the arrival of players like Santi Cazorla and Lukas Podolski goes a long way into satisfying the needs of the first team even if Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott leave the club. Hopefully they can get off on the right foot in the Sunderland and Swansea City fixtures.

“Steve is really good to work with, especially for defenders as he has been a defender himself. He knows what it is all about and gives us a lot of tips. He works a lot on the shape of the team and that is very important, so I am very happy he came to work with the first team. He is very focused on details. A lot of players, because we are getting older, we know how to play. But he looks at details and the shape of your body and to be honest I am learning a lot from him,” said Vermaelen.

 

BE CAREFUL WITH FREEBIES

Freebets offered by online bookmakers are a very valuable resource and a great way to increase your winnings, and although they say that you should never look a gift horse in the mouth, here we will look at the kind of small print that is often included in the bookmakers’ freebet terms and conditions.

Note that these vary from bookmaker to bookmaker, so our comments are general rather than applying to any specific bookmakers.

You will always find that when it comes to freebets, some bookmakers are much more generous than others, so it pays to shop around or use a comparison site such as freebets.com.

In order to qualify for a freebet you will need to open an account with the bookmaker and deposit some money into it. You will then need to make a bet of up to a stated maximum amount and you will receive a free bet of that amount.

That is the headline, but there will always be a note that ‘terms and conditions apply’; although small print is always boring to read, with freebets it pays to read them carefully or you might find that you will lose out.

Often they include a time limit: for instance, you might need to make your first cash bet within 10 or perhaps 30 days of opening your account otherwise you will forfeit your freebet. Also there is very often a clause that states that the bet must be made on a selection with minimum odds, often 2/1 or evens.

If the bet is a multiple bet such as an accumulator, then the minimum odds will apply to at least one of your selections. Sometimes with a multiple bet if the first selection is at odds of greater than a specified number, say 4/1, then all the other selections are permitted to be below 2/1. Also if for any reason your original bet is voided, it does not qualify for a freebet.

When you make your freebet, if it is successful you will receive your winnings on that bet but you will not receive your stake. Also you should note how long you are allowed to use your freebet as they are generally time limited.

VERMAELEN PRAISES KOSCIELNY

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has said that one of the main reasons for the uplift of fortunes for Arsenal in the second half of the season has been the form of defender Laurent Koscielny.

Laurent Koscielny arrived at Arsenal a few seasons ago, but this game was full of errors in the initial few matches for Arsenal. This led many to believe that the Frenchman was a big disaster for Arsenal, but having been in the Premier league for quite a while now, the defender is beginning to show his true value to the club.

His excellent interceptions and reading of the game has meant that Arsenal have been able to make ground on their rivals like Chelsea and Tottenham, despite their good start to the season.

Continue reading VERMAELEN PRAISES KOSCIELNY