Arsene Wenger has revealed that Thomas Vermaelen’s return from injury has been delayed at least a further fortnight, according to The Independent.
Vermaelen suffered an Achilles injury back in August which was initially only thought to keep him absent for a matter of days, and has worked his way to the cusp of a comeback before suffering setbacks.
Wenger admitted that another month is a “cautious” estimate – hopefully. He said: “I would rather say late January. But I have been hit so many times with backlash that I am very cautious.”
Denilson wants stay.
Denilson has squashed rumours of his departure from the Emirates, stating he is happy at Arsenal and has no desire to move, reports Goal.com.
Barcelona have been linked with a move for the Brazilian in recent days, and it was initially thought he could be utilised to help tempt current team-mate Cesc Fabregas to the Camp Nou in the summer.
However, Denilson wrote on Twitter: “I want to stay at Arsenal…”
It appears that the player will now stay and fight for his place in Arsene Wenger’s plans. He has featured 16 times thus far this season, nine as a starter.
Gunners want Samba.
The First Post believes that north London is about to become embroiled in a transfer scrap for Blackburn’s Christopher Samba, who made it clear this week he wants a move away from Ewood Park following the dismissal of Sam Allardyce last week.
Both Arsenal and Spurs have lacked somewhat defensively this season, and Samba’s imposing presence is something both clubs would welcome. The Congolese international scored the winner for Rovers when they beat the Gunners 2-1 last year.
The website also reports that both clubs are chasing Roma’s Phillipe Mexes, who has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League recently, with Chelsea also thought to be interested.