Vermaelen? Disrespect imo he had 2 good seasons before he became a error prone crock. He was Arsenal captain for a reason (was considered one of our better players for a brief period).
This is from somebody who has zero time for most of these Emirates era numpties.
Vermaelen when he joined was popular at the Emirates cause of his swashbuckling commanding style. He’s not as bad as people remember.He was a good character on the pitch and could score a decent chunk, but just a very average defender...as I said, the Kos-Per partnership showed his shortcomings for me.
But you are right, he was a level above Mustafi, when I think about it...as that guy was just pure ****.
Whilst I’m at it, Kos and Mertesacker were never ideal and it was long desired to upgrade that position amongst the fanbase with those two at the club, so I’m not sure how they’ve managed to be looked on so favourably over time. Per’s FA Cup match where he played like he was possessed after a year on the sidelines probably skewed things.
I agree about him delay and always try to make the perfect pass. He has to be quicker in this he not playing with Brighton where there so much space against Arsenal teams will always press
It'll come with time he already showed great passing range . He been very good signing he'll only improve in futureI think this is what Arteta wants out of him which is why he was so keen to get him.
A lot has been made of that interview where he talks about van Dijk pinging a 50 yard pass and needing that.
I think he’s looking for the switch or someone to run in behind the Brighton defence.
The condition at 1st half were horrible Ramsdale goal kicks didn't even get past the middle of pitch because of strong winds.He did miss a few long passes, but we have to take those windy conditions into account. In the first half it was towards us, and probably whirly wind.
That's not the time when you opt for long balls too often.