Vermaelen calls for support on opening day


In his programme notes for tomorrow’s game, Thomas Vermaelen has urged fans to back the team as they look for three points against Aston Villa.

There is, of course, frustration at the state of the squad, but the Belgian is looking for the home support to get behind the team for the 90 minutes.

“As I’ve said so many times before, everyone of our supporters in the stadium will be important to us today. You can push us forward at times when we need it, during periods of difficulty in a game.

“When the players feel that, it can really help get them over the line. You did it for us last season, and I’m sure you’ll do it again this time around.”

Having experienced some difficult moments during the Emirates Cup, it’d be fantastic to give the players we do have the backing they deserve, and Vermaelen is aware that despite not adding to the squad, we haven’t lost any major players either for the first summer in a trazillion years.

“We have kept the core of this team together this summer and that can only work to our advantage. The players know each other really well, are aware of each other’s qualities, and know what to expect from each other on the pitch.

“The boss will add to the squad, but it’s great to see that the heart of the team is still there.”

In the absence of new faces, it is imperative that the lads we do have get the support they need from the crowd tomorrow.

They’re not the ones who didn’t spend, so fingers crossed all goes well once 3pm comes along.


  1. The fact that we’re playing at home worries me more than the lack of signings if truth be told. Hope the atmosphere isn’t one you could cut with a knife as that isn’t fair on the 11 on the pitch. There was a marked difference in the way we played at the emirates cup & that in Finland. I don’t know if thats to do with fitness but the three points are the most important thing. Not shouting “Spend some f****** money”

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    • I don’t mean the team, I mean the atmosphere. I know how juvenile the crowd is at the Emirates and you can’t really deny what I’m saying

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      • juvenile? That’s thick blaming the fans who are forced to pay over the top. What next? Blame them forwinning zilch in 8 years? THAT was rresponsible for creating a hostile atmosphere, coupled with “i-know-everything-about-football-so-dont-preach-me-im-egotistic” attitude of a certain someone who refuses to address the obvious shortcomings in his squad,, and come up with stupid interviews blaming fans for failure of gervinho. what a tool!

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        • 100% agree

          Wenger has basically blamed the fans for Gervinho being shit, what a self indulgent cunt.

          Maybe he was just shit to start with?

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        • there are some players that we had the past few years, like gervihno, almunia, etc, and you can add ramsey to that list, who have been booed and mocked by the home crowd.

          booed and mocked by their own fans during the game while the team is trying to win.

          some players didnt, but those players are ones who tried their best on and off the pitch. if they weren’t good enough as players then that is one thing, but at the time they were the players that we had, and they tried the best that they could.

          the self indulgent screaming of abuse from the crowd did not help the arsenal to win games and only increased the pressure on already struggling players

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  2. I am so excited for the new season. Might even have a go at some fantasy football too (never tried it before).

    I am expecting Arsenal to play their swashbuckling zippy zappy passing football and score a barrel of goals against Aston Villa. Yesssssss

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  3. For Vermaelen to come out with a statement like that, it shows that the players understand the fans frustration…They probably feel the same!

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  4. any chance the bar thing across the bottom could be updated? Beginning to symptoms similar to those of dysentry every time i see “Higuain brother: Gonzalo now close to Arsenal” while getting my daily arseblog fix

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  5. For all his recent poor form, I’m backing vermaelen to have a good season for us. It’d be great to have him back at his best, on his day he’s a daunting prospect for a striker to face.

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    • “on his day he’s a daunting prospect for a
      striker to face.”

      I agree, just hope he cuts out that stunt he pulled at oldtrafford last season. I was dumbfounded tbh.

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  6. I have confidence in the team doing well, especially tomorrow, I just don’t know how we’ll handle balancing all the competitions and staying strong throughout the season.

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  7. I agree with vermalen. support the team. they have asked for signings. it’s not their fault we have only signed sanogo. please support the team. No boohs. they deserve better even though the management dosen’t.

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  8. Who cares? The board as well as Arsene Wenger are gambling with the club and do not care one bit about the fans and their feelings. So why solicit for the fans’s support? Its simple and logical: what you sow is what you reap. If you don’t invest on top quality players (who realistically command good sign-on fees and wages), you don’t win anything. We can attest to this by the zero achievements with the likes of Squillaci, Chamakh, Santos, Park, Bendtner, Gevinho, etc who according to Wenger are top quality players, hence he signed them. Wenger is just being ‘penny wise pound foolish’. The money he used in signing and paying the wages of all these bunch of mediocre players would have taken care of 2 or 3 top quality players who would have made tremendous difference.

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  10. Hopefully 3 points and no injuries against Villa and one or 2 new faces during the week. There are ‘top top’ quality players out there so lets get them & start this season strongly

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  11. I started this Summer thinking for the first time in years and years that the start of the season would be exciting. Really exciting: we’d see a competitive Arsenal. To be honest I just can’t be arsed now. How they have fucked it up is truly shocking. Suarez v Higuain was interesting when it was one or the other not neither. The bottom line is we have champions league football to offer and masses of money – so much money that we could buy anyone except Messi if we wanted them – and if we’d been prepared to pay the money we would have a well stocked team. Our arrogant club seem to think the price of a player is the value you put on them rather than the sum that two parties agree. I’ve got better things to do tomorrow. I can’t face the idea that we go after B and C targets now and have to listen to them being dressed up as ‘top, top quality’. Michu isn’t good enough, Williams is so-so, Casear is past it. It will just be depressing whatever comes. This was meant to be next level time, Bender and Suarez time. I hope it is really is and I am just wrong. Not holding my breath though.

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  12. Just goes to show what the players expect off the so called ‘fans’ who boo their own team that the club captain has to ask for support. In my opinion booing shouldn’t even exist cos you love your club through good and bad times so booing them when we concede a goal or at 0-0 at halftime is 10 times worse. People are gonna say that’s a way of the fans lettin them know but seriously, do they need knowing? Booing your own team is really and truly pathetic.

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      • Definitely not the 11 on the pitch thats for damn sure. Incidentally, if the Emirates was to boo the team on and off the field, who suffers?

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        • fans dont directly boo the players always…from what i know players are only booed when they sign for rival club…i’ve never seen fans booing bendtner no matter how bad he is.

          fans did not boo higuain when he came on…they booed to the management for letting that guy jump onto the pitch in a napoli shirt, instead of an arsenal shirt.

          fans booed today only because wenger has been stubborn and making really stupid excuses and he believes fans to buy it.

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      • Stupid myopic people sitting on bought seats have brought it to this. You dont get a right to anything except watching a 90 minute game, just because you bought a ticket. You dont like it, dont spend your money. But stop trashing the players we already have. They are better than you in ability and character. If you cannot stick with your team when the going is tough, go glory hunting with some other club. Your friends would only ridicule you for just a few days, then they will forget.

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        • AP I can’t agree with you I’m afraid.
          In what other way do we, as fans, get to express our opinion other than venting it, en-mass, at the ground?
          I am by no means advocating booing, I hate it when the ‘fans’ turn on a player but Wenger has seriously fucked up this transfer window and in my opinion has lost his ‘mojo’ in the transfer market.
          He’s supposed to be a clever man and as such he should realise that the value of a player is set by market forces the same as anything else. Wenger has done some amazing things for the club we love BUT we’re in danger of turning into Liverpool and keep giving everyone a history lesson about how great Wenger and Arsenal used to be.
          For me this should be his last season, thanks for the memories, none of the hate crap I hear from other ‘fans’ towards him, but it’s time for a new man with new ideas.

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        • Brian, well said. I’ve said for some time Wenger is or was a great manager from a different era of football.

          Whereas Ferguson adapted to modern football in the sense he realised he had to abandon project youth and spend serious money Wenger simply refused to. Ferguson changed tactics, dropped heads and replaced even Giggs for a time and Wenger wouldn’t instead sticking with players as he didn’t want to risk damaging them.

          I know I’ll likely be boo’d, cajoled and jeered but United went one year without a trophy and made massive changes. We have gone eight.

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    • They are not booing the team. This is a narrow minded, short sighted and out of touch point of view.

      With a large portion of self-righteousness sprinkled generously on top.

      The fans have to play by the rules while the board fleece them, lie to them and generally manipulate them?

      Players want things to improve? Then they should be intelligent enough to know the booing isn’t aimed at them.

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  13. The game we love isn’t played in the transfer window. It’s played on the pitch, and our boys deserve the maximum support — regardless of what has or has not been done in the transfer department.

    Oh, and I hope we stick it to the Villans. Wouldn’t hurt to have a punt on Giroud to get a cheeky lob in there somewhere.

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  14. Some of the comments on these news articles are a fucking joke. Some of you people should be ashamed of yourselves. Just a constant, constant whinge. It’s like a competition to see who can be most outraged, along with spiteful name calling of the manager, players Staff and as for Wanting the team to fail…..I give up, shame on you. I personally can’t wait to go to the game tomorrow and get right behind the team and smash those claret and blue cunts!

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  15. I agree support the team,just sprinkle a couple of songs in to the tune of Shaddupa your face

    Wenger has to go (HEY!)

    He make a no signings (HEY!)

    He hasn’t got a clue (HEY!)

    He so very bad (HEY!)

    His team they so boring, they put me in a trance

    Ah piss off back to France!

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  16. So called fans some of you lot are!!!!! Cussing the mighty GUNNERS!!! Shame on you nob jockys! C’mon Arsenal
    we have trust in you Wenger!
    3 Points in the bag no problem!

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  17. If Arsenal don’t win. My weekend is always ruined. How can anyone watch a game hoping we get spanked? Too depressing an idea for me.

    I won’t be booing any players. Though Ivan gets a thumbs down

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  18. Arsenal are a shambles, thanks to Wenger. Which other club’s players need to publicly ask for the fans’ full support on day one of the season? Which other club’s players made it clear in interview after interview this summer that the squad needed new players? And yet Wenger perseveres in his idiotic quest to win on the cheap. One can only hope now for a failure so obvious that even his remaining supporters see it. That’s the only way out, I think.

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    • ‘Which other club’s players need to publicly ask for the fans’ full support on day one of the season?’

      We’re 10 games unbeaten in the league and the players still expect a bad atmosphere. Wenger may not be blameless, but that reflects piss poorly on a lot of our fans.

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  19. Has any one noticed the rather unusual and extensive PR on the Arsenal website today in an attempt to pacify fan’s frustration over the lack of new signings? But seriously does it have to take an uproar to get a reaction. Really??

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  20. I hope sincerely hope that Vermaelen can get his form back. Tired of hearing pundits saying that only Wilshere takes on people. I loved that picture when he stood mano y mano with that sasquatch of (?) WBA (?). Vermaelen got that attitude too, fuck Henry said that TV5 is a hardman in training. We need new signings but also a new attitude.

    There is tension in the air but come matchday, I will never waiver in my support for our club and the men in red! COYG!!

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  21. Verminator is a warrior. Regardless of his drop in form he is our club captain and gives everything on the pitch.

    I believe his drop in form coincided with a lack of creativity in our team. He’s very good at driving forward and as captain probably felt he needed to do that for the team. Hopefully cazorla and co can pull the strings a little more and we can get a world class striker in to put all our chances away. Then you will see the best of our wonderful captain.

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  22. “If you want to absolutely want to describe me as a greedy person, you would have to live with me, then you would see that I am not,” Wenger said. Oh dear, I pity his wife 🙂

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  23. Have been quite vocal in the last 3-4 weeks about wenger and the piss poor activity on the transfer front…..but from here on in its full support for the boys and this most magnificent of clubs.
    Fuck I love The Arsenal.

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  24. Have to admit, I’ve been feeling pretty dismal about this season’s start and the shape we’re in (injuries and transfer wise), but the guy’s words got to me. Hope we spank Villa to get the team’s morale up as much as for the three points.

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  25. Vermaelen needs to keep his mouth shut, he was a liability all last year. He’s lucky he wasn’t sold already. I’m sick of his talk, show up on gameday , then make with the talk.

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  26. I’m utterly disappointed in our transfer window, of course. But I’ve never been to the Emirates, much less Highbury, so my cheers or boos don’t matter anyways, and I just started following The Arsenal like 4 years ago, so I missed out on all the glory years, so my cheers or boos especially don’t matter anyways. I don’t have a TV and have shitty internet so the chances I’ll actually be doing anything other than following Arseblog’s text of the match is slim. But I’m sitting here watching the 79 FA cup final match on youtube for like the 5th time and am completely fucking fired up for 10am tomorrow which I believe, as I must believe, and have believed at this moment for each of the past 4 years, meager as that may sound to more seasoned followers, will be our first step towards the league title. COYG!

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  27. It is important to reiterate that for everyone at the Club, qualification for the Champions League is not our ultimate ambition. Our majority owner Mr Kroenke has made it clear that while it’s an achievement to make the Champions League our ultimate objective is to win the major trophies. We all share that clear ambition and will be driving the Club forward to achieve it. Arsène and I have already been planning what we need to do to strengthen so we are better placed next season.
    What a load of BS

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  28. I’ve made more plans for today then I did for my birthday… Besides the shitty woeful terribly depressing summer I am genuinely amped for the start of season!! Finally!!!

    Yes Vermaelen didn’t have the best of seasons last year but in his heyday he is one of the best CB’s around. Hoping he comes back from the injury as the same guy who I had called for to be captain before the armband was given to Judas.

    I’d kill to watch a live game (I’m South African) and the thought of people saying they will “boo” today or want us to lose is nothing short of pure fuckery. Disgusts me to hear such. As much as I want change I don’t want it to come at the expense of dropping points, when Arsenal lose my whole fucking weekend gets ruined and I’m pretty sure I’m not the only Gooner who feels that way!

    Anyway, up the Arse COYG!

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  29. Gu1tar D3m0n it’s winter in SA right now you poes. You guys are such tools, arseblog included. There are still over 2 weeks left in the window, he usually does his business in the last few days/hours. Returds who boo their team can go eat a d!ck.

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  30. Glen Helders soul-glo
    mate you are the biggest twat ever you’re a cardboard fake cut out supporter. It was just said you deluded prick! chav? Its better then to be a retarded like you! Good day;-)

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  31. Can anyone tell me who our defensive cover is tonight? Nico yannaris? I am actually at a loss to name who would come on should we god forbid pick up an injury.


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  32. I was a bit upset that NBC got the epl tv rights this session from Fox and ESPN which will basically make the Fox soccer channel rebrand and Fox is transitioning to a Fox sports theme here in the usa. But I just looked at the tv guide and att uverse has every game covered for this week. I’m not sure if this is going to be the same every week but if we get this much coverage to watch all the games live, I’ve just gotten even more excited about the start of the season. coyg

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  33. I’m off to the Grove now for the game and as hard as I think it might be to gee myself up for all that has occurred throughout the summer, the season starts now. Football is finally back and when the whistle blows I’m sure the excitement will kick off in tandem for what is about to enfold.

    Considering all of the talk on reinforcements by our own players, there is no doubt that they will be just as frustrated as us by what’s (not) happened.

    We need to show who is on the field our full support and will them on throughout the day and help them get over the line and avoid negativity before and during the game for the sake of the guys out there on the pitch!


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  34. ZM87 & Glen Helders soul glo:
    In the interest of gooner harmony, Dennis Bergkamp was named (apparently) after Denis Law. Except his father made the mistake of using 2 N’s in Denis not one as Law’s parents did. So the story goes anyway.
    Now, stop squabbling and calling each other names. There’s good gooners. 🙂

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