Wenger admits he can’t guarantee Vermaelen will stay at Arsenal

by Sam Peoples

Arsene Wenger has cast doubt over the future of Thomas Vermaelen at Arsenal after admitting he could not guarantee he would stay at the club.

Vermaelen, 28, is now not a first-choice starter at Arsenal so is happy to look elsewhere for another club and with only one year left on his contract, Arsenal are all too happy to do the same.

Manchester United certainly need defensive re-enforcement this summer following the exit of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand which is why Vermaelen has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford but whether or not he does make the move remains to be seen.

“I cannot guarantee he’ll stay, but should he go I will bring another centre-back in for sure,” Wenger said yesterday after Arsenal’s pre-season game against Boreham Wood.

Hypothetically, if Vermaelen manages to maintain his fitness he could turn out to be an excellent buy for around €10m but he isn’t a world class centre-back who would walk straight into United’s first team either, so he may not want to leave Arsenal for United for a similar situation to what he has right now.

There are plenty of other defenders who United have been linked with such as Mats Hummels, Stefan de Vrij and Raphael Varane who would be better buys than Vermaelen but if Louis van Gaal wants to inject some Premier League experience into his side, Vermaelen could be a very suitable option and one which Robin van Persie would be happy with given their close friendship.

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