Despite captaining the Gunners last season, the center-half now finds himself third in the pecking order behind Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
He has held talks with Arsene Wenger, discussing the situation, but unless the current pairing experience a spell of injuries, the Verminator might have to go elsewhere to esure regular first team football.
“I’ll have to think about that when it’s necessary. January is still a few months ahead,” Vermaelen said.
Belgium secured their place in the finals in Brazil with a 2-1 away to Croatia on Saturday, and have already been dubbed the dark horse of the tournament. Vermaelen saw the full 90 minutes from the bench, and believes regular time on the pitch is crucial if he is to elbow his way into Marc Wilmots’ star studded team.
“Of course, never playing will not be the ideal situation for me to go to the World Cup, that’s for sure,” he added.
“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.”
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