Arsenal FC defender Thomas Vermaelen has hinted that he could possibly leave the club in January in order to gain regular first team action.
Thomas Vermaelen lost his place in the starting eleven after his poor performances last season. Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny has become Arsene Wenger’s first choice central defensive pairing since their victory against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena and it looks unlikely that Vermaelen will break into the side any time soon.
The 27-year-old, who joined the club back in 2009, has made only one appearance as a substitute in the league so far this season and reports suggest that a lot of clubs are monitoring his situation at the London club. Vermaelen will need regular first team action in order to retain his place in the Belgium side, where the likes of Vertonghen, van Buyten, Toby Alderweireld and Nicolas Lombaerts are pushing for a place in the starting eleven. With the World Cup looming large in the horizon, Vermaelen could look for a move away from Emirates.
The Belgium international has disclosed that he had talked with Arsene Wenger regarding the situation, and although he has refrained from revealing the details of his chat, Vermaelen has hinted that he could look for a move in January if things remain the same.
“I’ll have to think about that when it’s necessary. January is still a few months ahead. Of course, never playing will not be the ideal situation for me to go to the World Cup, that’s for sure,” he told the Daily Mail. “People ask me if I panic because I’m not playing a lot but I’m not.
“I have spoken to the manager but it will remain private between us. Things can happen in a split second and change my situation. That can happen tomorrow or next weekend. In that case, we will speak differently in January. I have to be ready for that.” – The Arsenal defender said in an interview.
While a lot of clubs will be interested in attaining his service, Arsene Wenger will not want to lose him permanently. A loan move till the end of the season, to a club who can guarantee him a place in their starting line-up, looks the most likely solution at the moment. But it will also mean that Arsenal will not have any proper backup for Mertesacker or Koscielny as Veramaelen is the only other experienced central defender in the squad.