Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen who is quite unhappy at Arsenal is set to push for an exit out of the club, as he cannot be assured of regular playing time.
The Belgian international who spent majority of last season on the bench while making just 14 appearances in the league last season is not ready to play second fiddle behind Wenger’s favourite pair; Laurent Koscienly and Per Mertesacker – a partnership which seems to be inseparable at the moment.
It is believed that Wenger doesn’t want to have an unhappy Vermaelen at Arsenal since he cannot assure him of regular playing time, hence his search for replacement.
However according to the Mirror, Arsenal are making moves to sign Ajax Dutch international 1- Joel Veltman, who is currently participating in the 2014 World Cup with the Netherlands where he has made just one appearance so far, coming on as a substitute against Spain.
The 22-year-old Centre-back who is a regular starter for Ajax is superb in aerial duels and could also dribble if the need arises would fit perfectly into the Arsenal team as he loves passing the ball on the ground, which suits Arsenal’s style of play.
It is also reported that fellow north London rivals; Tottenham are interested in the player (do they have scouts?) as they are trying to beef up their defence for next season. This is no good news as the Spurs would be hoping for a repeat of the Vertoghen scenario, which saw the Belgian slip out of Arsenal grasp to eventually join them in the 2012/2013 season.
Bringing Joel Veltman to the emirates would be a good acquisition as the player would be happy to feature from the bench and would be a long term solution to the Gunners defensive troubles.