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On this day in 2010, this future club captain joined Arsenal for £10m

Thomas Vermaelen completed the move from Ajax to Arsenal.

Thomas Vermaelen's last act as Arsenal captain.
Thomas Vermaelen's last act as Arsenal captain.
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ON THIS DAY in 2010, Thomas Vermaelen joined Arsenal from Ajax for a fee of £10 million.

Vermaelen assumed the number five jersey vacated after Kolo Touré’s move to Manchester City. He went on to make 110 Premier League appearances for the club and took over as club captain in 2012. 

The Belgian international was an unused substitute when Arsenal won the FA Cup at Wembley in May 2014. The following August he completed a £15 million move to Spanish giants Barcelona.

While in Catalonia, Vermaelen won five La Liga titles, two Copa del Rey trophies, the European Super Cup and Fifa World Club Cup. He also spent one season on loan at AS Roma.

Two years ago, Vermaelen helped Belgium to a third place finish in the World Cup. During his international career he played in two World Cups (2014 and 2018), the 2016 Euros and 2008 Olympics.

The 34-year-old is currently lining out for J1 League side Vissel Kobe. 

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