Thomas Vermaelen has distanced himself from reports suggesting he could leave Arsenal during the summer and says he is ready to battle to get back into the starting lineup.
The Gunners captain started the season as Arsene Wenger’s first-choice centre-back but ended it by watching the club’s late surge in the Epl from the bench. Vermaelen’s time at the Emirates Stadium has been shortened by injury but the 27-year-old Belgian denies he could be on the move in the transfer window.
The Belgium international was oust by Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny last season after suffering a dip in form and that has led to speculation he could look to leave the club this summer – with Sun claiming he could be available for as little as £5m.
“I am happy at Arsenal. Only I did not play much and that creates frustration occasionally”, he told Belgian publication Sporza
“But things can turn quickly. I quickly ended up on the couch, but can also quickly based player again. There I work hard for it.”
“These are things that happen in professional football. Arsenal is a big club. There is a lot of competition. It is not easy to play. Every match but I do not lie there awake.”
Indeed, according to WhoScored.com, the centre back made more errors leading to goals than any other outfield player in the Premier League throughout the season, with the most galling for Arsenal fans being his disastrous ‘assist’ for former Gunner Robin Van Persie to score for Manchester United.
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There have been suggestions that Arsene Wenger could cash in and replace him with Swansea’s Ashley Williams but the latest comments from Vermaelen suggest that he will stay and fight his way back into the team which is a good sign for Arsenal.
With Ashley Williams likely to come in and the Mertersacker-Koscienly pairing flourishing at the end of season these are good times for Arsenal who have often struggled at the back from the past few seasons which has led to the downfall of the club.
If Arsenal could make Sagna put pen to paper then I believe that Arsenal’s defense is almost sorted out for next season. Vermaelen and Ashley could act as a back up to Mertersacker and Koscienly pair and with Sagna and Gibbs on either side of the defence Arsene Wenger can now look to strengthen other areas of the team.
Next season is looking very good indeed!