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Ex-Arsenal boss Graham: Vermaelen pure class

Former Arsenal boss George Graham admits he's a big fan of defender Thomas Vermaelen.

The Belgian has been a revelation since his summer arrival from Ajax.

And Graham told TalkSport: "Outstanding. I think he's pure class. He reads the situation, he's probably just under six foot, got a lovely spring, fairly educated left boot - look at the goals he's scored. It's unbelievable, what a signing he's been.

"He's even more polished than I expected. I like the usual big, strong centre-halves and I still think Arsenal could do with one of those. Somebody at the back who's mentally and physically strong but Vermaelen is the whole package."

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