Thomas Vermaelen is understandably frustrated at a lack of playing time, but his performances over the past year have left a lot to be desired. In his absence, the partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny has blossomed into the most stable centre-back pairing Arsenal have had in years.
It’s a World Cup year and Vermaelen will need to be playing regularly if he’s to be included in the Belgium squad for next summer. Barcelona, naturally, have been linked with a move considering their lack of options, but Vermaelen will likely assess his situation come January.
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