Arsenal ex-captain Thomas Vermaelen has still yet to make his Barcelona debut after his £15m move to the Catalan giants over the summer. It appears the decision to allow him to leave is justified with the defender set for a further five months on the sidelines according to Sport.
Many fans were sad to see the Belgian international leave after five years in north London, but with his contract dwindling down, his situation as the third choice central defender and injury-prone nature – Arsene Wenger allowed Vermaelen to depart.
The 29-year-old secured his dream move to Camp Nou and was unveiled in August alongside fellow new signings Luis Suarez and Mathieu to name a few, but was unable to participate in the friendly as he was still carrying his knock from the World Cup.
Vermaelen managed an appearance for Barcelona B, scoring a goal in the process, and did briefly return to training last week. But it appears the injury plague that is Arsenal still runs through his blood as he is set for surgery on his hamstring in Finland this weekend. He is expected to be out for five months.
Dodged a bullet then huh? It certainly seemed a wise decision to sell our former captain, but the choice to not bring in another centre back has haunted us all season.
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Make things right in January Wenger!