Roma target Arsenal star Vermaelen

Italian giants Roma are tracking Thomas Vermaelen, according to reports in Italy. Philippe Mexes is expected to leave the club at the end of the season and sportal.it claims they want the Belgian to replace him. Roma director Daniele Pradi was at the

Italian giants Roma are tracking Thomas Vermaelen, according to reports in Italy.

Philippe Mexes is expected to leave the club at the end of the season and sportal.it claims they want the Belgian to replace him.

Roma director Daniele Pradi was at the Emirates for the 5-0 win over Porto and was said to be "particularly surprised" at Vermaelen's "excellent" performance.

Meanwhile Arsenal 'hot-shot' Nicklas Bendtner still has to convince certain legends in his homeland.


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Former Denmark striker Brian Laudrup told Danish TV Channel 3+: "He is not suddenly the best striker in the world ... and he certainly needs to work on his first touch."

His brother, Michael, added: "There is an area where Bendtner needs to improve and that is his first touch. He loses possession much too often.

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"It's all about training, training, training. You can't get around it. Nobody knows how far he can go but it's important that he stays at Arsenal and then we will see how far he can take it next year."

Rising British actor Michael Sheen reminded BBC News of the time he made Tony Adams look rather ordinary.

"It was at Pontins on the Isle of Wight," said the star of Frost/Nixon and The Damned United.

"I was 12 and he was 15 or 16 and his dad was scouting for Arsenal, and he organised a match - I skinned Adams. His dad offered me an apprenticeship at Arsenal but my dad said no. Now my dad is dead, skinned by me," he joked.

Arsene Wenger has given his take on a certain Chelsea and England defender in The Independent Magazine.

"In France John Terry would have made zero headlines," he said if the disgraced former England captain had been a Frenchman.

"In some ways England is more liberal than France, but I also find it more obtrusive. But when you go abroad you have to accept the ways of where you live."

And a huge shout to the irrepressible Perry Groves, who refused point blank to wear a Tottenham shirt for Sport Relief when interviewed by Colin Murray on Five Live.

In fact, despite a donation offer of �60, he was so adamant he donated �400 himself NOT to wear it.

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