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cana2502268369_92057ac656Marseille captain Lorik Cana was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal at the start of this year’s summer transfer window but as the Vermaelen speculation increased, that of Cana disappeared.

But now that Vermaelen deal seems to be nearly completed as his agent confirmed so Arsene Wenger can now turn his attention to a holding midfielder now; and Cana is a good option. The Albanian international stated that he has not decided whether to stay or leave as yet but in case he moves England or Germany would be his preferred destination.

“I will talk with my family and my representatives. It will then depend on what I want to do. I believe that if I want to leave, everyone at this club will respect my decision.

“It is not certain that I will be terminating my contract though. I am in no rush.

“Of the possible destinations in the future, England and Germany are the two leagues that attract me the most.”

Vermaelen seems to be on his way to Arsenal very soon. Though the player himself doesn’t know a thing about any move saying he knows nothing about it as he leaves all such stuff to his agent.

He must be good because as most of you might agree, Arsene Wenger won’t spend £10m on a defender if he is not special.

Brede_HangelandBut in case the deal fails to go through, Arsenal probably won’t have Hangeland as a back-up option. The Norwegian captain yet again re-affirmed his commitment to Fulham:

“There’s been speculation but as far as I know there’s no serious interest and I will repeat it again, I am really happy at Fulham. The prospect of playing here for another season with a European campaign is something I look forward to very much.

“Hopefully we can agree a new contract and then I’ll stay here for a long time. It’s been going in the right direction since the moment I came here. I hope we can agree on something soon.”

Hangeland sure is a decent person, unlike that greedy Barry. I would have preferred Hangeland ahead of Vermaelen but the way he has come out again and again to reiterate his commitment to the Cottagers is amazing. And I am sure Vermaelen will come good.

Negotiations must surely be taking place because otherwise either Vermaelen himself, his agent or Arsene Wenger would have denied the rumours.

Meanwhile there is a boring old story saying “Arsenal Target Yaya Toure”. The story has that title because Yaya Toure said he would love to play with his elder brother; something he has said in every transfer window. So according to whoever made that story Yaya Toure saying that means Arsene Wenger is targeting him. *Yawn* I am not even sure if he said that or not. They might have copied the quote from last summer! You never know!

Vermaelen1Vermaelen has not signed for Arsenal yet as is being reported on various websites. But if the deal does go through would you be happy with the signing? Do you think he is good enough for Arsenal?

Most fans would have wanted experienced players but Vermaelen, at 23, would be another young addition to the squad. So that is a big negative point.

But other than that he is a decent defender. At 5’11” he is not too short and he has got a high jump so he is very good in the air, which is something Arsenal’s central defence desperately needs. He is very good at winning personal duels and one might remember how well he kept van Persie silent in the pre-season of 2007-08 season. That game also gives evidence to the Belgian defender’s physical strength. He is not the strongest but he is strong enough to battle the relatively tougher Premier League strikers.

But on the negative side, as the stats show, he gets a yellow every 5th game. That is one thing he will have to improve if the deal does go through. He is also very poor on the attacking front. He is just plain defensive. Can’t play a single forward attacking ball. But then he is a centre back so we don’t really need it.

One thing that seems worrying is that I have been noticing negative comments about Vermaelen from Arsenal fans in Netherlands. They are the ones who watch him week in, week out so they know him far better than us. So if he is not good enough 10m seems like a ridiculous amount of money.

Was Tony Adams actually right that Vermaelen is good but not good enough for Arsenal? Maybe.

But lets not worry about it now because the deal is not official yet. Lets hope it’s just  made up, attention seeking news by ‘some’ site.

Anyway… Do you think he could be a good buy?