Second Arsenal defender looking to leave

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is set to follow Bacary Sagna out of the Emirates Stadium exit door, according to reports from Goal.

The French full-back’s long awaited switch to Manchester City was confirmed recently after the Gunners failed to agree a new contract with the player, and now Arsene Wenger is likely to lose another member of his backline.

Vermaelen is still the Londoners’ skipper, but the form of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker last term seriously limited his playing time, and it looks unlikely that he will be able to force his way back into the starting XI any time soon.

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The Belgian is said to be concerned at his lack of action, which has made a move away from his current side appealing.

With just one year remaining on his contract, the 28-year-old is likely to be allowed to walk away as long as an interested club stumps up around £8m, with Arsenal reluctant to keep him around and lose him for free in 12 months’ time.

Manchester United have been heavily linked with Vermaelen’s signature as they plot to bulk up the defensive options this summer, while Italian cup winners Napoli are also keen.

The silky enforcer is currently away at the World Cup, which could give him the ideal platform to attract more suitors.