What the papers say: Fight with Van Persie was Vermaelen's ticket to Arsenal

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The Sun Arsenal 4 Wigan 0
THOMAS VERMAELEN may just be Arsene Wenger's most important signing since Thierry Henry. 

The Mirror - Robin van Persie row persuaded me to snap up Thomas Vermaelen, reveals Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger admitted he “loved“ watching Robin van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen having a huge bust-up. Don’t worry, the Arsenal manager has not lost his marbles. In fact, it was the moment which persuaded Wenger to splash out £10m on Belgian hardman Thomas Vermaelen.

The Daily Mail - Emirates exhibition lacking the X-factor
Any first-time visitors to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday would have spilled out on to the Holloway Road fuelled by a curious cocktail of emotions. 

The Daily Express - THOMAS LEADS ARSENAL SPREE
QUESTIONS were asked about Thomas Vermaelen’s lack of height, but the man from Ajax is proving to be a giant at scoring goals.

The Daily Star - PAT: I WAS NEVER GUN JOIN SPURS
PATRICK VIEIRA snubbed a move back to the Premier League with Spurs because he still has a great rapport with his old Arsenal fans.

The Times - Thomas Vermaelen is another rough Arsenal gem
Arsène Wenger is usually quick to complain when opponents rough up any of his players. But in secret the Arsenal manager may be filing away their names for future reference as potential signings.

The Independent - Wenger's leap of faith pays off as Vermaelen walks tall
Scrapping with a rival player in a pre-season friendly is not the usual way to endear yourself to the opposition manager, but it did the trick for Thomas Vermaelen.

The Daily TelegraphArsène Wenger research pays off with Thomas Vermaelen as Arsenal beat Wigan
So, with apologies to Mrs Merton, just what was it that first attracted Arsène Wenger, football’s ultimate purist, to Thomas Vermaelen?

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