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Vermaelen set for medical at Arsenal

Ajax defender Thomas Vermaelen looks set to join Arsenal with reports that the Belgium international will undergo a medical with the Gunners tomorrow.

The 23-year-old central defender has made it clear that he wants to leave the Eredivisie and told Belgian newspaper Gazet van Antwerpen that he is close to putting pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Emirates.

"On Friday I will fly to London to have my medical. After that I hope to put pen to paper. Boy, I feel so proud, Arsenal is a fantastic club and one that, as a child, I enjoyed watching play," Vermaelen said.

"Arsène Wenger stands for nice, attacking football and dares to work with young talents. That appeals to me enormously. Not that that tipped the scales, though. When a club like Arsenal stands at your door, then you just go.

"When I get to the Emirates Stadium on Friday I will be hugely impressed. A lot will change in my life. Next season I will come up against the best strikers in the world. I am not scared by that, I will give all my body can give. This is one of the most beautiful days of my life."

Arsene Wenger has yet to comment on any possible transfer, but judging from Vermaelen's interview today it looks as if the deal is all but done.

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