ARSENAL WILL PERFORM

The Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has said that he expects the team to perform well in the match against Bayern Munich. Arsenal will be facing the German club in the last 16 stage of the Champions League. This is one of the standout fixtures in the competition this season because the Premier league club will be coming up against the team that finished as runners-up last time. The first and the second leg will be played in the last and first week of February and March respectively. Even though Arsenal are struggling a lot in the league, Vermaelen believes that they can cope with the German giant.

Arsenal have been knocked out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage on numerous occasions in the past. They have even been defeated by Bayern Munich back in 2001 when the Germans went on to win the competition. Due to the fact that Arsenal have qualified for the knockout stages in the 13th consecutive time, Vermaelen believes that the experience that the club has had over the years will help them get past Bayern Munich. Arsenal will have to face one of the top clubs due to the fact that they finished second in the group stages.

“Most of the time in the Premier League, the one that is the most consistent wins the league, but the Champions League is a [cup] tournament, so anything can happen. It is only about two games, one home and one away. You need a bit of luck in the tournament as well, so we will see how far we can get. Bayern Munich are doing well in the German league,” said the Belgian defender, who has been criticised this season for his inconsistent performances. Arsenal are fourth in the Premier league after a poor start to the season.

STAY CLOSE

The Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has said that it is time that the Arsenal players stayed close and managed to put the poor run of form behind them. Arsenal come into the weekend’s Premier league encounter against West Brom having not tasted victory in the last three matches. As a result, they have slipped closer to the bottom half of the table, which is a far cry from the Champions League aspirations that the club had at the start of the season. Despite losing the likes of Robin van Persie and Alex Song in the summer, Arsenal were at least expected to make it into the top four positions by the end of the season.

Arsenal have been in extremely poor run of form since the month of October. Since then, they have managed to achieve just a few victories in the league and in the European competitions. Thomas Vermaelen has said that it is indeed difficult time for the club, but the players need to stick by each other and work together to get the results. He has also accepted the fact that there was a lot of negativity amongst the Arsenal fans, who have criticised Arsene Wenger in the wake of the poor run of results. Arsenal will once again have a tough match against West Brom this weekend.

“I agree that this is a difficult time, but the only thing to do is to stick together. There seems to be a lot of negativity among people outside the club at the moment, and I don’t want to go along with that because it’s not the way to achieve anything. Some people seem to like being negative, and it appears to make them happier somehow, but that’s not the attitude you’ll get from me or my teammates,” said Thomas Vermaelen.

 

WILSHERE WILL BE GREAT

The Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has said that he expects the midfielder Jack Wilshere to become one of the best in the world after he successfully made his comeback after more than a year out with an injury. Jack Wilshere has suffered a long-term injury problem in the season before last. It has meant that he has missed the even major tournaments and crucial matches for Arsenal during this 18 month period. There have been many fears that he may never return play football again to the same level, but he recently made his comeback in the 1-0 win over QPR during the weekend.

He played more than an hour in the match, which was extremely pleasing for the Arsenal supporters. Even more surprising was the fact that he was the bright player on the pitch in an otherwise for Arsenal team, which failed to create many clear-cut chances. In the end, they managed to win through a solitary goal that helped them stay in touch with closer to the top of the table. Jack Wilshere was making his first start for Arsenal after 542 days, but Thomas Vermaelen believes that he can go on and establish himself as one of the best in the world.

“I think he can be one of the best midfielders in the world because what he did in his first year was great. And you could see he looked sharp. In midfield he was on the ball a lot and he can only get better in the following games and he can grow. He’s an amazing player,” said the Arsenal captain after the win over QPR on the official website of the club. Arsenal will be making little to Manchester United this weekend. Arsenal had just won one of the last three matches.

ARSENAL WILL DO WELL

The Arsenal midfielder Thomas Vermaelen has said that he is extremely confident that Arsenal can do well when they face the first big test of the season against Manchester city on Sunday. Even though Arsenal have faced Liverpool at Anfield this season and won comfortably, playing against Manchester city will be the real test for the club according to Thomas Vermaelen. Arsenal won the first match of the season against Liverpool 2-0, which was followed by a crushing 6-1 win over Southampton. Lukas Podolski seems to be hitting top form for the club after drawing blank in the opening two matches of the campaign.

Manchester city, on the other hand, will be coming into the match on the back of disappointing results against Liverpool and Stoke city. It has been a tough opening few matches for Manchester city because they have conceded a lot of goals. They made a great start to the season last time around, but it has been very difficult at this time around. Further, they will be coming into the Arsenal match after having played against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in the Champions League group stages, which will not have any effect on them according to Thomas Vermaelen.

“Manchester City are the champions from last year so it won’t be easy. We have to go there and play our own game – I am confident we can get a result there. The team has a strong bond in the dressing room and outside as well. It feels good. All of the players, especially the guys who came in, look good. Everybody plays with a lot of confidence and that is good. We have to stay focused because there are a few hard games coming up,” Vermaelen told Arsenal Player ahead of the start of the Champions League group stages.

 

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.

 

HAPPY THAT KOSCIELNY WILL STAY

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has said that he is extremely happy to see the defender Laurent Koscielny commit to a new deal at the club. A number of high profile players have been leaving Arsenal in the last few seasons due to their inability to win trophies. It has been seven seasons since Arsenal last lifted the trophy. Due to the dominance of the Manchester clubs, they’re not expected to be in the hunt for a major trophy this time around as well. As a result, they are expected to lose the attacking duo of Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie.

However, Arsenal fans have been delighted by the news that defender Laurent Koscielny has agreed to a new deal with the club. Even though he was extremely poor in the first few matches of his Arsenal career, Koscielny has developed into one of the best defenders in the league. He was largely responsible for keeping the defence of Arsenal stable in the absence of Thomas Vermaelen last season. The Belgian defender has said that he is extremely happy to see Koscielny agree to a new contract. The 26-year-old Belgian has been linked with a move to Barcelona, but he has quashed any such rumours by saying that he wants to stay at Arsenal.

“I heard the news that Laurent extended his contract and I’m really happy. From the start when he came to Arsenal he has shown he is a great player and he is developing really well. I think he has done everything for the club already and I hope he will stay a few more years. Of course he is not here at the moment because he is not fit – he had a holiday because he played in the Euros. But he is a great player and I’m happy that he signed for the club,” 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.

HAZARD HASN’T ASKED

Arsenal defender had has said that Lille playmaker Eden Hazard has not asked him for advice regarding the possible destination for the 21-year-old. Eden Hazard is one of the most sought-after players in Europe after having performed so exceptionally for French club Lille over the years.

He has been linked with the likes of Real Madrid, Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester city. A few of clubs like Arsenal and Tottenham have also been credited with a lot of interest for the Belgian playmaker. Arsenal were once the favourites to secure his signature due to the presence of fellow Belgian Thomas Vermaelen.

However, they have been unable to make the asking price of £ 32 million set by Lille. Only three clubs has been able to afford the huge transfer fee for the 21-year-old. Eden Hazard recently revealed that Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are the three clubs who will be able to sign him. He has been seeking the advice of many players with whom he has a close relationship. However, Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has said that he had not been approached for advice by the 21-year-old. Vermaelen has been a huge hit in the Premier league after his £ 11 million move from Ajax a few seasons ago.

“He didn’t come to me for any advice. I think he has a lot of people around him, so they can give him good advice about which club he should go to,” said Thomas Vermaelen. “It is a good competition for him. I think he can succeed in every team because he is a fantastic player and I think they will like him very much in England,” Fulham midfielder Dembele said. “I think Eden has the qualities and talent to play in England. On his day, he can make the difference for his team,” said Sunderland goalkeeper Mignolet.

VERMALEN PROUD OF STYLE

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has said that he is extremely happy that Arsenal did not deviate from their passing style of football when they played Stoke city last weekend.

Thomas Vermaelen is regarded as one of the best players at Arsenal. He was instrumental in helping Arsenal to a 1-1 draw at the hands of Stoke last weekend. It has almost saved the season for Arsenal, as they now have surely wrapped up the Champions League spots. Only two matches remain in the Premier league season, with Arsenal set to face Norwich and West Brom. These are matches where Arsenal are expected to get all three points without too much of a trouble.

Despite facing a physical team in the form of Stoke, Arsenal never pumped the ball long up to Robin van Persie. The striker has scored a remarkable 35 goals in all competitions for Arsenal this season, but it is even more impressive considering the fact that Arsenal have been playing the ball along the ground throughout the season. It is very much similar to the way Barcelona play their football and Thomas Vermaelen has praised Arsenal for this reason. He says that it is very important for a club to have a philosophy and stick by it.

“The whole team showed a good spirit and we fought hard – we deserved a point. Defensively the shape was good, with [Alex] Song in front of us and he helped us a lot. If you [play] their game you would be second best. The main thing is to keep focused on your own game, with quick passing, and that is how we scored our goal. We didn’t give away too many chances in the whole game and that is a good thing,” said Thomas Vermaelen after the 1-1 draw with Stoke city.

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.

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