Thomas Vermaelen

Defensive signings seem to be the talk of the day regarding Arsenal. The Ajax captain Vermaelen is reportedly on the verge of signing for Arsenal in a 10 million pound deal.

Like most Arsenal fans out there, I’ve never seen this man play. Here are 10 things you need to know about him:

1. He is 6 feet 1 inches. Taller than Carlos Puyol and Ivan Cordoba

2. He is a Scorpio. The symbol that symbolizes Scorpio is the scorpion – an intense little creature that has enough poison in it’s tail to disable or kill a much larger opponent.

3. He has 21 caps for Belgium;

4. He has played 85 times for Ajax, scoring 6 goals and winning the 2006 Dutch cup;

5. He is from a small town called Kapellen, which is situated just outside of Antwerp. The population of Kapellen is very small only 26,000 inhabitants but it boasts a number of professional sportmen: Tom De Mul (Sevilla), Kevin Van Dessel (Roda JC), NBA basketball player Didier Llunger Mbenger (LA Lakers) and retired Olympic high jumper Christine Soetewey.

6. He is 23 years old. He will be 24 in November;

7. He has short hair;

8. His hair is dark;

9. He is white;

10. He is not married.

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