Arsenal won’t block star’s Man United move, says club hero

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour says that his old club will not stand in Thomas Vermaelen’s way if he wants to join Manchester United this summer.

The Gunners captain has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford in recent days, with some reports suggesting that an agreement between the player and the club has already been reached.

Vermaelen is still the Londoners’ skipper, but he spent much of last season out of the first XI due to the form of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

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It’s rumoured that Arsenal will sell the centre-back to their rivals if their valuation of around £10m is met, and Parlour believes that the player will be allowed to leave in the coming months:

“Last year he (Vermaelen) couldn’t get in the Arsenal side because Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny were superb at the back. Kieran Gibbs has improved so much he couldn’t even play him at left-back.” He told talkSPORT.

“When you get to a situation where a squad member wants to move, sometimes the player has more sway than the club itself.

“If he wants to play football, and an offer comes in from a club like Manchester United, then it’s hard for the club to say, ‘no, you can’t go there, we want to sell you to a club in Italy or Spain’.

“He was doing the captain’s notes last year in the Arsenal programme but not getting in the team. I can’t see that changing anytime soon. He wants to play first team football.”

Arsenal have already lost Bacary Sagna to Manchester city on a free transfer, but that may not have any bearing on Vermaelen’s stay.