No Guarantee of Playtime for Vertonghen; Player Settles for Spurs Move

Posted: June 2, 2012 in Arsenal FC
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This is a very short entry. Basically, Vertonghen is close to a deal with Spurs due to not getting any assurances of playing time at Arsenal. He will be joining a team that he will walk into and start at the position he wants to play at, CB. At Arsenal he would have been a LB or a DM, down in the pecking order to TV5, Kos, and Merts in the CB role. It was not so long ago when Vertonghen was quoted as saying he would love to be reunited with Vermaelen, so yet again, the media decided to make up their own version of events. I tire of these ridiculous headlines of, “Vertonghen Snubs Arsenal”. The headline should read, “Arsenal balk at Vertonghen Playtime Demands”.

The media and bloggers are too busy trying to get hits instead of reporting the truth. Get real please.

Come on you Gunners!

Edit: On a side note, Belgium playmaker Hazard was in action tonight. He created a handful of chances, but was less than inspiring tonight versus England.

If you do just the easiest of stat checks you will see that Hazard was very effective in winning his second straight Player of the Year honors in Ligue 1. If you dig a bit deeper into his stats for the year you’ll find that in the 16 most important matches for Lille this year, 6 CL matches and 10 matches vs the other top 5 teams in Ligue 1, he managed only 2 goals and 3 assists. To me that says an awful lot about the player. More than the majority of his goals and assists came against lower table teams, hardly worth 35m and 150k+ a week, but then again we are talking about a team that paid 50m for Torres, so it’s not out of the norm for them is it?

I will have a more in-depth look at Hazard’s numbers on Monday.

 

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