Arsene Wenger admits Thomas Vermaelan could leave Arsenal

by Sam Peoples

Arsene Wenger has once again admitted Thomas Vermaelen could leave Arsenal this summer as the defender continues to be linked with a move to Manchester United.

Vermaelan was unable to hold down a regular spot at the Emirates last season and Louis van Gaal is reportedly keen on bringing in the versatile 28-year-old to strengthen United’s back line.

Speaking at a news conference on Friday, the Arsenal manager pointed towards a lack of games behind the main reason Vermaelen would look to leave the club.

“It is a possibility that he goes,” he said. “I expect him to stay but he, of course, did not play enough games last year.

“For me he’s a very important player but I couldn’t guarantee him the games he wanted last year.”

Vermaelen was first linked with a move to Old Trafford in mid-June, though tabloid speculation of a deal having already being agreed came to nothing. A week ago, El Mundo Deportivo reported that Barcelona also had their sights on Vermaelen so there has been reported interest from multiple clubs.

The Belgian’s ability to play either as a central or left-sided defender could provide experienced cover for United’s defence and the move would reunite the two men, as both were at Ajax during Van Gaal’s brief tenure as technical director in 2004.

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