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SIX Thomas Vermaelen alternatives for Arsenal

Date: 29th July 2014 at 7:40pm
Written by Christy Malyan

Amid a summer window of prolific spending at Arsenal, the Gunners are also expected to say goodbye to club captain Thomas Vermaelen. Indeed, the Belgium international still holds the armband at the Emirates, but a mixture of recurring injuries, poor form and the talismanic partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker saw him make just seven starts in the Premier League last season. The 28 year-old has been known to be considering his options for some time, and recent speculation suggests both Liverpool and Manchester United are baying for his signature. But should Vermaelen leave, Arsenal will undoubtedly need to source a replacement with only three centre-halves, including the want-away defender, currently on the Emirates roster. With that in mind, here's SIX replacements Arsene Wenger should consider this summer. FABIAN SCHAR Arsenal have been strongly linked with Fabian Schar before, and should Thomas Vermaelen leave the Emirates this summer it would be incredibly surprising if Arsene Wenger didn't revive his interest in the Basel defender. Statistically, the Switzerland international was the best defender in the Champions League last season, as detailed below... And his World Cup performances weren't too bad either, making eight interceptions during two outings at Brazil 2014. The 22 year-old has an interesting knack for scoring goals, even taking up spot kick duties for Bebbi: And also netted this incredible strike as a youngster at FC Wil: A proactive, forward-thinking centre-back with considerable quality on the ball, Schar would ... Read More

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