Arsenal’s ex-captain Thomas Vermaelen is closing on a Barcelona debut, nine months after making the move to Spain…
He was included in the squad which thrashed Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final on Wednesday evening, and should be available from now until the end of the season…
Vermaelen arrived at the Camp Nou carrying a thigh injury from the World Cup and upon completing the move, the extent of his injury was revealed. The Belgian has had a number of set-backs since and is now finally able to justify the £15m price-tag Barcelona matched to sign him (via BBC Sport).
Our dealings in this particular transfer has shown how times have changed at the club with Arsene Wenger confirming that Manchester United had also matched our asking price (via BBC Sport). However, we refused to sell to a rival and instead made Vermaelen move abroad to Barcelona.
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Vermaelen rarely found the form which made him a fans’ favourite in his debut season, with injuries disrupting his Arsenal career. In the 2010/11 campaign, our former skipper missed almost the entire season with an achilles problem and never really recovered.
The 29-year-old will forever remain the first captain to lift a trophy following our move to the Emirates Stadium, of course.
Good luck Verminator!