Thomas Vermaelen Joins Barcelona

Thomas Vermaelen Joins Barcelona

Thomas Vermaelen Joins Barcelona

Thomas Vermaelen has signed a 5 year deal with Barcelona after completing his £15 million move from Arsenal.

EPL Club Manchester United were also interested on the 28 year old Belgium International but pulled out of the deal when Arsenal asked for a player, believed to be Chris Smalling, in part exchange.

Thomas Vermaelen is the second defensive addition of the transfer window by Barcelona. Last month, they confirmed the signing of Valencia’s French defender Jeremy Mathieu for €20 millions.

Barcelona’s defence was a weak point last season, when they failed to win major silverware for the first time in 6 years, and coach Gerardo Martino was replaced by former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Luis Enrique.

Thomas Vermaelen will be competing for a place with Spain international Gerard Pique, Frenchman Jeremy Mathieu, and Barcelona academy graduate Marc Bartra. Barcelona starts their La Liga campaign, when they will be chasing a fifth title in 7 years, at home to Elche on 24 August.

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Thomas Vermaelen joined Ajax youth academy in 2000 and won the 2003-04 Eredivisie title in his first season with the club. He then had a loan spell with RKC Waalwijk before rejoining Ajax and winning the KNVB Cup and Johan Cruijff Shield. After Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s departure in 2009, Vermaelen served as club captain for the remainder of the season. He then joined Arsenal in 2009 and was included in the PFA Premier League Team Of The Year for that season. Following former captain Robin van Persie’s transfer to Manchester United in August 2012, Vermaelen was named club captain for Arsenal.

Vermaelen’s career has been hampered by injury and he made only 21 appearances in the 2013-14 season after falling behind Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker in the pecking order.

A left footer, Vermaelen usually plays as a left sided centre back and can play at the left back as well. His key attributes includes aerial ability, leadership skills and quickness with the ball at his feet.

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Alexis Sanchez Signs For Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez Signs For Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez Signs For Arsenal

Alexis Sanchez from La Liga Club Barcelona has agreed to join English Premier League Club Arsenal on a long term contract for an undisclosed fee.

The 25 year old Chile forward completed his medical in London on Thursday and will join his new Arsenal teammates at the end of July after spending some time on holiday following Chile’s exit from the World Cup Round Of 16.

Alexis Sanchez, who won the 2013 Primera Division title and 2012 Copa del Ray with Barcelone, is likely to make his first appearance for his new club at the Emirates Cup over the weekend of August 2-3.

On the signing of Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, “As many people have seen during the World Cup this summer, Alexis is a fantastic footballer and we are delighted that he is joining us at Arsenal Football Club. Alexis will add power, creativity and much quality to our squad and we are all looking forward to him joining up with us in a few weeks. He has consistently produced top-quality performances at the highest level for a number of seasons now and we are all excited to see him integrate into the Arsenal squad. I’m sure all Arsenal supporters will join me in welcoming Alexis to our club.”

Alexis Sanchez was more than happy to sign for the English Club. He said, “I’m so happy to be joining Arsenal, a club which has a great manager, a fantastic squad, huge support around the world and a great stadium in London. I’m looking forward to meeting my new team mates and to be playing for Arsenal in the Premier league and Champions League. I will give my best to Arsenal and want to make all the supporters happy.”

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Born in Tocopilla in Chile’s northern mining region, a grim port city dominated by a gigantic power plant and a saltpeter processing facility, Alexis barely knew his father and was raised by a mother who scrapped a living as a cleaner at her son’s school.

Like many, all Alexis wanted to do was to play football but had to take odd jobs like cleaning cars while still at school to supplement the family income. His talent shone from an early age and he was nicknamed El Nino Maravilla (Boy Wonder). Alexis quickly realised that football offered a way out that would allow him to help his mother and family.

Blessed with exceptional pace and ball control, Alexis is at his best when running at defenders down the right, either cutting inside to shoot or darting to the byline and sending over dangerous crosses.

Alexis Sanchez debuted for the first team with local club Cobreloa at the age of 16. After his first season, he was signed by Italy’s Udinese Calcio in 2006. He was then loaned to Colo-Colo and River Plate and began playing at Serie A. In 2011, Sanchez was signed by Barcelona for US$43 million, becoming the most expensive transfer in Chilean football history.

Sanchez has been a full international for Chile since 2006, earning over 70 caps and playing in 2 FIFA World Cup (2010 and 2014 ) as well as the 2011 Copa America.