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Robin Van Persie Approves of Vermaelen

LONDON - NOVEMBER 30:  Robin Van Persie of Arsenal is congratulated by teammate Samir Nasre after scoring his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge on November 30, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Kirirorto ShadowsContributor IJune 10, 2009

The Arsenal transfer rumor for the 23-year-old Belgiuminternational defender Thomas Vermaelen of Ajax Amsterdam is occurring. They are discussing personal terms with the Gunners after a fee of €12m was agreed between the clubs.

Robin van Persie is delighted with Arsenal after hearing the report that they are close to signing him.

"It's a good thing," Van Persie told De Telegraaf. "There's nothing wrong with the qualities of Vermaelen. He can play as left-back and central defender and we need this type of player.

"The guys that we now have on those positions are already somewhat older."

Van Persie admits he does not know a lot about Vermaelen but added: "But our head scout does and he doesn't do such a thing out of the blue.

"He needs to see a player 30 to 40 times before a decision is made."


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