So yet another Arsenal captain bites the dust, as Thomas Vermaelen has passed a medical at the Spanish giants Barcelona. We can only consider it good business for the Gunners for gaining 15m GBP for a 28 year-old with just 12months left on his contract.
Wenger needs to be prudent in the way he utilizes Calum Chambers by SE
Hopefully, for Arsenal fans, Bacary Sagna will be the last player that we see leave us and join one of our Premier League rivals, or at least the last player that leaves against the club’s wishes anyway. There is still a chance, of course, that Thomas Vermaelen could be heading to Man United, but let’s hope not.
It now seems certain that Thomas Vermaelen will be leaving Arsenal, most likely for Manchester United, as it has been confirmed this morning that Arsenal have bought the young Southampton defender Calum Chambers.
Which United player should Arsenal ask for in return for Thomas Vermaelen? AT
It is being reported by Jeremy Wilson of the Daily Telegraph that Wenger is only interested in selling Vermaelen to Man Utd providing that Arsenal receive a United player in return. But which United player would we ask for in any potential deal?
There is little doubt that Arsenal will have a new club captain for the coming season, with current vice0captain Mikel Arteta and Germany international defender Per Mertesacker the stand out candidates. Not only does the current captain not feature on the pitch all that often, but his desire to move to another club is hardly a great example to the other players in the team and the young players coming through the academy system.
There have been numerous Arsenal rumours saying that Thomas Vermaelen will be signing for Manchester United imminently, despite a terse denial from the Belgian international while he was in Brazil.
There is a good chance, I hope, that Arsenal will keep their club captain and versatile defender Thomas Vermaelen this season after all. The Belgium international has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, but there is nothing to stop Arsene Wenger blocking the move, although that would mean losing Vermaelen next summer for nothing.