USS Dallas Returns to Naval Submarine Base New London

first_img December 16, 2011 View post tag: Returns View post tag: Base Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Dallas Returns to Naval Submarine Base New London View post tag: Dallas Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Dallas (SSN 700) returned to Naval Submarine Base New London, Dec. 14, following a regularly scheduled six-month deployment.Dallas, which departed on its deployment June 14, conducted operations in the Central Command area of responsibility, supporting national security interests and maritime security operations.“I’m extremely proud of the Dallas and our Sailors,” said Cmdr. George Arnold, commanding officer, USS Dallas. “I’ve never seen a crew more dedicated and committed to the mission, whether that was operating submerged in a challenging littoral environment or serving as ambassadors of our Navy while on liberty.”During the deployment, Dallas visited ports in Rota, Spain; Toulon, France; Bahrain; Diego Garcia; Fujairah, Jebal Ali and United Arab Emirates.“The support we receiving throughout our deployment was phenomenal,” said Arnold. “We owe a huge debt of gratitude to the Submarine Force leadership, 5th and 6th Fleets for their superb assistance, advice and guidance.”Arnold added that taking care of the Sailors’ families was a huge undertaking but superbly accomplished by the Dallas ombudsman.“On the home front, our ombudsman, Jill Henry, and the Family Readiness Group were truly remarkable. I can’t say enough about how they took care of the families and our Sailors,” said Arnold.Henry discussed the support role both the ombudsman and the families perform while their spouses are deployed.“I do my best to support and encourage the families so that they are able to stay positive and focused here at home,” said Henry.Henry added that it was nice to have Santa aboard USS Dallas as the submarine moored at Naval Submarine Base New London.With a successful deployment completed, Arnold discussed the team effort by everyone involved from sea to shore.“It’s important to recognize the significant contribution provided by dedicated Sailors working on Naval Submarine Base New London,” said Arnold. “The Regional Support Group and Naval Submarine Support Facility worked many long hours to ensure Dallas deployed in great material condition and they provided the technical support, parts and assistance to keep us in top shape while on station.”Arnold added that the backbone of their success was the training and advice from the Submarine Squadron 2 and Naval Submarine School.“The training and advice provided by Submarine Squadron Two and Naval Submarine School were essential; they helped us develop the skills and perspective to succeed in all of our endeavors,” said Arnold.Naval Submarine Base New London will welcome another Los Angeles-class attack submarine, USS Miami (SSN 755), back to Groton Dec. 15.Dallas, built by Newport News Shipbuilding and General Dynamics Electric Boat Division, is the first Navy vessel to bear the name of the City of Dallas, Texas.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 16, 2011; Image: navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: USScenter_img Training & Education USS Dallas Returns to Naval Submarine Base New London View post tag: News by topic View post tag: New View post tag: submarine View post tag: London Share this articlelast_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” JULY 10, 2018

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE the revelation that Evansville City Controller Russ Lloyd Jr., CPA hasn’t paid the $369,000 in Victory Theater bills for 2017 has really got the attention of many people?  …he has taken $369,000 from the 2018 city budget to pay for the operating expenses of the Victory Theater for 2017 without City Council knowledge or approval?  …we wonder where  City Controller Lloyd is going to find the money to pay for the Victory Theater bills for 2018?  …we wonder why someone hasn’t contacted the Indiana State Board of Accounts to report this questionable transaction?IS IT TRUE last week it was announced that the Thunderbolts Head coach and General Manager are moving on to greener pastures?  …we wish them the best in the future? …their unexpected departure leaves some daunting questions concerning the Thunderbolts hockey team past, present, and future financial activities?IS IT TRUE to understand what economic risk if any that VenuWorks of Evansville LLC may have with respect to the Evansville Thunderbolts Hockey team, one must first examine addendum #6 to the legal contract agreement between VenuWorks and the City of Evansville that was discreetly funneled through the Evansville Redevelopment Commission? … this legal agreement deals with the operation and control of the Evansville Thunderbolts?  …in addendum #6 of this legal contract, it stated: “VenuWorks shall be entitled to utilize facility (Ford Center) staff and resources reasonably necessary in connection with its operation of the SPHL Franchise?”  … during any such periods in which VenuWorks operates the SPHL Franchise, ALL OPERATING EXPENSES OF THE SPHL FRANCHISE SHALL BE DEEMED AN EXPENSE OF THE FACILITY (Ford Center) AND ALL OPERATING REVENUES OF THE SPHL FRANCHISE SHALL BE DEEMED A REVENUE OF THE FACILITY (Ford Center)?”IS IT TRUE the taxpayers and City Council members need to know who is responsible for the paying the for the administrative, support staff and players salaries of the Evansville Thunderbolts? …the taxpayers and City Council members need to know who is paying for the yearly SPHL franchise fees? …the taxpayers and City Council members need to know who is responsible for away games travel expenses (transportation, meals, and lodging) for the Thunderbolts?  …the taxpayers and members of City Council need to know who is paying for the medical costs for injured players for the Thunderbolts?  …the taxpayers and City Council members need to know who is responsible for paying for the marketing of the Thunderbolts?  …the taxpayers and City Council members need to know who is responsible to pay the costs of providing housing for the Thunderbolts players?  …the taxpayers and City Council members need to know who is responsible to pay for all the costs in getting the FORD CENTER ready for the Thunderbolts to play hockey?IS IT TRUE it’s obvious the taxpayers and members of the Evansville City Council need to have an accurate and detailed breakdown down of the profit and loss statements for the 2017-18 Thunderbolt hockey season?  …its also obvious that the taxpayers and City Council members need to know where is the Ford Center getting the money to cover any possible losses incurred by the Evansville Thunderbolts?IS IT TRUE that the boys of summer are out in force and baseball is drawing faithful crowds to Bosse Field to see the Evansville Otters attempt to make the playoffs?…once upon a time when Russ Lloyd Jr. was Mayor of Evansville we were very close to having an AAA affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers playing in a $20 Million downtown baseball stadium?…all of the big shots in town were behind the project and the location was chosen to be where “The District” now sits?… The District has seen a parade of ribbon cuttings followed by closings and just recently was dealt a blow when RiRa’s closed?IS IT TRUE the reason that Evansville missed out on the AAA Dodgers Affiliate is because Jonathan Weinzapfel made it a campaign issue deriding Mayor Lloyd for “taking us all out to the ball game” with a wasteful downtown baseball stadium where a court jester ran the bases?…the silly commercial worked and the baseball stadium was cancelled?…four years later when Weinzapfel became Mayor he forgot about how a $20 million baseball stadium was the butt of jokes and borrowed $127 million for the Ford Center that has never even paid its own operating expenses much less it’s $8 million per year mortgage?…it looks like we got taken out to the old ballgame after all?IS IT TRUE that last Friday the Vanderburgh County Commissioners in conjunction with the Old Courthouse Foundation, Sheriff’s Office and the Vanderburgh Bicenntenial Committee hosted another successful “Lunch On The Lawn” event?  …that this event was the best one yet?  …this event offered many family-friendly activities such as a zip line, red-white-and Blue popsicles, food stands and more? …we are pleased to learn that the Vanderburgh County Commissioners and the Old Courthouse Foundation decided to build a   Bicentennial Park downtown?  …we are told that the downtown Bicentennial Park will be self-funded and paid for out of the funds from the Old Courthouse Foundation?Todays “Readers Poll” question Is: Do you feel that the Winnecke Administration should give a detailed explanation to City Council on how much did it costs the City to subsidize the Thunderbolt Hockey team for 2017-18?Please take time and read our articles entitled “STATEHOUSE Files, CHANNEL 44 NEWS, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS”.  You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO dailyIf you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us [email protected] FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Parking Office moves to Holyoke on July 20

first_imgThe Harvard University Campus Services Center, located on the eighth floor of Holyoke Center, provides customer service for many campus services used by faculty, staff, and students, such as Harvard University Housing and ID Card Services. The Parking Office will move into the center on July 20. No parking services will be provided at the Blackstone building after this date. To access parking services online, or drop into the Campus Service Center.last_img

‘First and foremost a priest’

first_imgThe funeral Mass celebrating the life of University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh on Wednesday afternoon commended him to heaven with the strength of more than 1,000 participants.Erin Rice | The Observer At the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, where he was first ordained in 1943, more than 100 of his brother priests from the Congregation of Holy Cross processed through the Basilica and gathered behind the altar. They were joined by six bishops as well as Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington D.C. and Cardinal Roger Mahony, archbishop emeritus of Los Angeles.The top leaders of the Congregation of Holy Cross also led the celebration of his life. Fr. Richard V. Warner, superior general of the Congregation, came from Rome, and Fr. Thomas J. O’Hara, provincial superior of the U.S. province of the Congregation, was the principal celebrant. University President Fr. John Jenkins delivered the homily.A congregation made up of family, friends, University administrators, trustees, faculty, staff and students prayed over Hesburgh’s casket during the ceremony, which lasted an hour and 40 minutes. The Gospel reading focused on social justice, a theme central to Hesburgh’s 97-year-long legacy.“At Notre Dame, I’m often faced with daunting tasks. None are more difficult than the one before me: finding words to do justice to the life of Fr. Theodore M. Hesburgh, C.S.C.,” Jenkins said at the beginning of the homily. “We should begin with what was central to his life. … For all the momentous events in which he played a role, all the honors he received, Fr. Ted always said that the most important day of his life was when he was ordained a priest, here in this church on Notre Dame’s campus.”All Hesburgh wanted was a simple funeral in the Holy Cross tradition, Jenkins said, and after the ceremony he would be “laid to rest under a simple cross, undistinguishable from the graves of the Holy Cross brethren who lay with him.”Jenkins’ homily addressed the key milestones in Hesburgh’s life, from growing and expanding the University into what it is today to accepting the invitation to stand alongside Martin Luther King Jr. at a rally in Chicago to fighting for human rights in Cambodia.“How can we draw together the strands of a life that spans so many years, served in so many ways, touched so many lives? Fr. Ted gave us the answer,” Jenkins said. “He was first and foremost a priest. That vocation drove him to build a great Catholic university; it gave his work in the public life its moral focus; it shaped his generosity in all his personal interactions.”Hesburgh’s younger brother Jim spoke at the end of the ceremony, remarking that “good brothers and good friends are God’s special dividends in life. Ted was a wonderful brother, good friend, counselor and mentor.”“Today we celebrate his life, and all that we had for so long taken for granted with Ted suddenly comes into focus,” Jim Hesburgh said. “Today we think of the totality of Ted’s life here on earth.”He said his brother’s appointment as University president came during his own freshman year at Notre Dame, and “that gave me pause, I’ll tell you.”“He only wanted to serve, and serve he did, with all his energy and all his considerable talent, in every way he knew how,” Jim Hesburgh said. “Ted took his God-given gifts, his intelligence, good health, leadership ability and his pursuit of excellence and brought major change to Notre Dame, to this country and to the world.”But beyond the national and international impact Hesburgh had, Jenkins said the countless personal acts of kindness are an equally important part of his legacy. He reflected on the support Hesburgh offered him during the tumultuous time following the University’s invitation to President Obama to deliver the 2009 Commencement address.“When my invitation to President Obama to speak at our Commencement caused an uproar, a number of people approached my mother and criticized my decision,” Jenkins said.She was anxious, he said, but Fr. Ted “got wind of that” and took action.“Without mentioning anything to me, he called my mother to reassure her. … There were no more worries after that, and from that day forward she and Fr. Ted were fast friends. I can’t begin to tell you all the kindnesses he showed me personally.”At the end of his homily, Jenkins said Hesburgh’s last day on earth was the fulfillment of his lifelong prayer.“Fr. Ted prayed that on the last day of his life, he would be able to celebrate Mass. At 11 a.m. at Holy Cross House last Thursday, Fr. Ted joined the community and concelebrated Mass,” Jenkins said. “In the evening he was struggling to breathe. … He was surrounded by people who loved him. He passed away quietly, just before midnight.”“Today, we gather to celebrate the Mass Fr. Ted so loved and to commend him to God. … We cannot but believe that the Lord will respond with the words of today’s Gospel reading: ‘Come, you who were blessed by my Father.’ We love you Ted. …We will miss you.“We know you now rest in the arms of Notre Dame, our Lady. Throughout your life, you drew strength, sustenance and guidance [from her].”After Jim Hesburgh’s speech and the final prayers over the casket, the family processed out of the Basilica, where a crowd had gathered to line the path to Holy Cross cemetery.“For Ted, problems were challenges, and his forte was in finding solutions,” Jim Hesburgh said. “His friends were endless, of every religion, every nation, every class and every profession. His life was amazing.“His faith, his hope, his dedication and his achievements speak for themselves.”Tags: congregation of holy cross, Fr. Ted, Fr. Ted Hesburgh, Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, Funeral, Hesburgh, Mass, memoriallast_img read more

David Luiz jokes he’ll punch Willian if he nutmegs him during Arsenal match

first_imgDavid Luiz jokes he’ll punch Willian if he nutmegs him during Arsenal match SPONSORED Read More Lampard: Bayern’s levels ‘fantastic’ as Chelsea trounced at homeTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 5:52FullscreenLampard: Bayern’s levels ‘fantastic’ as Chelsea trounced at home is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I’ve faced him a few times, he for Chelsea, me for Shakthar Donetsk, me for Chelsea, he for PSG,’ Willian said.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Now it’s he for Arsenal. He’s a brother that I have, we met at the age of eight.‘But on the pitch… there’s no way. If I have to nutmeg him, I will.’Asked about Willian threatening to nutmeg him, Luiz told OTRO: ‘No problem. Be ready, bro.‘I’ll punch him badly, punch him in the…’ PLAY Top articles Video Settings Skip Ad Read More Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 26 Feb 2020 2:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.5kShares by Metro Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Arsenal defender David Luiz has joked he’ll punch Willian if he gets nutmegged (Picture: Getty)David Luiz has warned Willian that he could end up with a smack in the mouth if he nutmegs him when Arsenal and Chelsea play each other.The 32-year-old defender has known Willian since childhood and the pair have gone on to share a dressing room at both club and international level with Chelsea and Brazil.However, Luiz ended his second spell at Stamford Bridge last summer to complete an £8million move to arch-rivals Arsenal and the centre-back has since made 22 appearances for his new club.Speaking to Brazilian publication Globo Esporte back in November, Willian promised to take no prisoners when he comes up against his ‘brother’ in battle.ADVERTISEMENT Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Full Screen Arteta praises his Arsenal team after beating Everton 3-2To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:48FullscreenArteta praises his Arsenal team after beating Everton 3-2 is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Luiz added: ‘You know, Willian, when he laughs he makes you angry. When he laughs at you you, you want to punch him badly.‘I’ve known Willian since I was eight. I’ve known him for a long time.‘We played together when we were young in Sao Paulo, Brazil. So we met each other at school, we played together until we were 10 or 11 and then he went to Corinthians, I went to Sao Paulo and then we met again in the Under-17s.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityWillian admitted this could be his final season with Chelsea following the side’s defeat to Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.‘Chelsea offered me two years, and they are not going to change what they offered,’ he told Esporte Interativo.‘I said I wanted three more years. The situation is difficult because of this, I really don’t know if it will be possible.‘My goal is to continue working and focus on this remainder of the season, so that Chelsea can continue winning the games for the remainder of the season.‘I have a clear head and focused for the rest of the season that we have left.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Alexandre Lacazette responds to rumours he has agreement with Arsenal over exit Comment Read More About Connatix V67539 Read More Read More Coming Next Skip Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 / 1 min. story Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Dutch pension funds have limited stake in domestic green bonds

first_imgDutch pension funds have a limited stake in locally issued corporate green bonds, according to IPE’s Dutch sister publication Pensioen Pro.Drawing on statistics from regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), it found that pension funds had provided €800m of the total €20.7bn invested in green bonds issued by local banks, energy firms and Netherlands-based financial holdings of foreign energy companies.Dutch banks and insurers owned €600m of Dutch green bonds, and the remaining €19.4bn was purchased by foreign investors.DNB only included assets that were subject to the green bond principles set by the Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI), a not-for-profit initiative from the financial sector. Currently, 35 bonds issued by 12 Dutch companies meet these criteria. The €414bn civil service scheme ABP said it had invested a total of €751m in 24 local green bonds, whereas it had invested in 102 green bonds in total with a combined value of almost €3.5bn.PGGM, the €215bn asset manager for the large healthcare scheme PFZW, said its combined holdings of green bonds were worth €1.6bn, of which just €42m was invested in Dutch green bonds.The asset manager – which has sold green bonds issued by ING, ABN Amro and energy firm Alliander – said there was no specific reason for its relatively small stake in local green corporate bonds.“We seek proper investments worldwide, which could also involve investments in the Netherlands,” a spokesman for PGGM said.Dutch pension funds are expected to increase their investments in local green bonds.Recently, Dutch finance minister Wopke Hoekstra announced that the Dutch state would start issuing green bonds meeting the CBI principles, estimating the annual potential at between €3.5bn and €5bn.ABP, PGGM and MN – the €130bn asset manager for the large metal industry schemes PME and PMT – all backed a recent green bond issued by Schiphol Group, the owner of Amsterdam’s main airport. Schiphol raised €500m from the issuance and has said needed to raise €1.2bn to meet its sustainability plans by 2023.MN said that it would have liked to investment more than the €9m it had been granted as part of Schiphol Group’s issue. ABP and PGGM bought €15m and €10m, respectively, of Schiphol Group’s green bonds.last_img read more

Man nabbed over domestic violence rap

first_imgThe 32-year-old resident Geofrey Marianowas caught on the strength of an arrest warrant around 7 p.m. on Feb. 16, apolice report showed. The court recommended a P72,000 bail bondfor Mariano’s temporary liberty./PN The suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the San Miguel police station. center_img ILOILO City – Police nabbed a mancharged with domestic violence in Barangay Consolacion, San Miguel, Iloilo. last_img

Joseph Weldhisofer

first_imgJoseph Weldishofer, of St. Leon, Indiana, passed Sunday, March 5, 2017.He leaves his wife of 43 years, Mary, his children: Ron (Jane) Weldishofer of Sunman, Terry (Tracey) Weldishofer of Bright, Greg Weldishofer of Frenchburg, KY, Lance Weldishofer of St. Leon, Mitch Weldishofer of St. Leon, Tyler Weldishofer of Cincinnati, Amber (Jim) Wilson of Aurora. He also leaves 12 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  He has 3 brothers Paul (Carol)of St. Leon, Lawrence  (Marylyn) of Brookville, IN, and Billy of Brookville and his sisters: Bertie (the late Leo)Jacobs of Sunman, Annie (Phil) Darling of Guilford, Bonnie (Chris) Mills of Sunman, Dorothy (Lou) Barth of West Harrison, IN , Wilma Burckey of Cedar Grove, sister-in-law Kate (the late Jim) Weldishofer of St. Leon.Joseph was preceded in death by his son Joe Weldishofer, his daughter Tammy Jo, his parents Florian John and Margaret  Barbara Weldishofer, his siblings Wilber Weldishofer, Richard Weldishofer, Evelyn Weldishofer and Jim Weldishofer.His hobbies include playing horseshoes, fishing and gardening.  He also prided himself on his cooking skills, making large meals every Sunday for family and friends.  He loved spending time with his family which meant the world to him.Visitation is Thursday, March 9 at Andres-Wuestefeld Funeral Home beginning with rosary at 9:30 until 12:30.  Mass of Christian Burial is Thursday, 1:00, St. Joseph Church, All Saints Parish, St. Leon, Indiana.last_img read more

U.S. 36 hosts fourth annual Crist Memorial for IMCA Stock Cars

first_imgOSBORN, Mo. – U.S. 36 Raceway hosts the Joe Crist Memorial Stock Car Shootout on Friday, July 24, with $1,562 going to the winner of the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car special. There is no entry fee and pit passes are $35. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and under. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars and Karl Kustoms Northern SportMods are also on the program that evening.  IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region, Missouri State and track points will be awarded at the draw/redraw show. Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7:30 p.m. with racing to follow. The feature pays a minimum of $125 to start. Crist drove the number 62 Stock Car and $162 will go to the driver making the longest haul to Osborn and $62 paid to each heat winner and the hard charger in the feature. Another $62 goes to the driver drawing the 62 pill. last_img read more

Vermaelen completes Barca move

first_img The 28-year-old, who has played 150 times for Arsenal in five seasons, has switched the Emirates Stadium for the Nou Camp after putting pen to paper on the contract that will see him join the Primera Division club. Barcelona said in a statement on their website: “Thomas Vermaelen is now officially an FC Barcelona player. Defender Thomas Vermaelen has completed his move to Barcelona after signing a five-year deal on Sunday. “A few minutes past 11:15am, the player signed a contract with the Catalan club. It is an agreement that binds him with the club for the next five seasons, until 2018/19.” Barcelona agreed a deal with Arsenal to sign the player on Saturday, with both clubs announcing the news. Arsenal confirmed Vermaelen passed his medical in Barcelona earlier that day. The fee is undisclosed for a player who had been club captain for the Barclays Premier League side for the past two seasons but was frequently on the bench last term, with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny the first-choice pairing at centre-back. He made only 13 starts in all competitions and 21 appearances in total for Arsenal during the campaign, which concluded with him being an unused substitute in the Gunners’ FA Cup final victory over Hull as they collected their first trophy in nine years. Vermaelen was initially an integral part of the London club’s defence after signing from Ajax in 2009, but form and fitness have subsequently put his starting spot in jeopardy. Vermaelen had been linked with Manchester United, but it is understood that Arsenal proposed a swap deal which the Red Devils were not prepared to do. While indicating on Thursday that United were among the clubs to have made an offer for Vermaelen, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also said he would prefer any sale to be made to an overseas side. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more