Thomas Vermaelen…what a waste!

Football FanCast guest columnist Roy Thompson feels that Vermaelen is being wasted in defence and his abilities should be utilised in midfield.

One thing you can say about Arsene Wenger is that although he doesn't buy many players, when he does they are certainly worth every single penny and worth the wait. Nasri and Arshavin were sensational and so it now appears is Thomas Vermaelen.

Another wonder strike yesterday, to add to the one he scored against Wigan, leaves me wondering whether the Belgium ace is in fact being wasted in defence and whether a more central role in midfield would best suit him. Vermaelen just seems to have far too much quality with the ball at his feet and his finishing prowess, to be confined to the backline.

Obviously the argument is you are taking him out of the back four and breaking up the partnership with William Gallas, but let's be honest, do we actually look better defensively than we did last year? We still look vulnerable at the back, teams seem to open us up far too easily for my liking and there will always be chances against us. I have said it for a long time now that the problem at the back is not individually, but more the lack of protection they have in front of them.

In Vermaelen we could have the answer to our midfield prayers and the complete centre midfielder that could bring solidarity to the middle, whilst using his array of passing abilities to create chances. Arsene Wenger converted Emmanuel Petit from centre half to midfielder and I don't see any reason why he shouldn't do the same with Thomas; surely he would solve the problem we have had in the midfield since Flamini's departure.

So do you agree that Vermaelen is being wasted in defence and would prove a far greater asset to in midfield?

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