Barcelona star speaks out about Arsenal title chances

Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has stated that his old employers have a golden chance to win the Premier League this season and admits he keeps a close eye on what is happening at the Emirates Stadium.

The Belgium international spent five years on the North London club’s books between 2009 and 2014 before leaving the Premier League side to sign for Barcelona.

Despite having injury concerns in his debut campaign in Spain, the 30-year-old is now a feature of Luis Enrique’s unbelievably talented squad.

Arsenal failed to win a trophy in Vermaelen’s time at the club, but are closing in on potentially becoming English champions this season for the first time since 2004.

The gifted centre-half has admitted that he watched Arsenal’s 2-1 win over Leicester recently and has his fingers crossed that the Gunners finish top this term.

“I watch a lot of Arsenal games because I have warm memories of the club, and because they are a very attractive team,” Vermaelen told The Telegraph.

“I watched the Leicester game last week, it was very stressful but these are the most beautiful games to win.

“Now the title race is wide open, if they hadn’t won it would have been more difficult but now it’s on. I always said at the start that Arsenal had a big chance to win it.

“Unfortunately we had to go our separate ways but luckily I signed for a beautiful club like Barcelona.”

Vermaelen left Arsenal as he was not guaranteed regular action due to a partnership between Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.