Arsenal’s Captain – Thomas Vermaelen has been on the fore front of transfer speculations this summer with many reports suggesting that the Belgian is on his way to Manchester United in search for first team action after falling down the pecking order at the Emirates behind a Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny Pair.
New United boss – Louis Van Gaal has pointed out Vermaelen as his likely choice for a centre-back with the Dutchman placing premier league experience as a priority in his decision in landing a centre-back.
New Barcelona boss – Louis Enrique has also identified Vermaelen as a potential centre-back target for his side, as the Nou Camp boss tries to place his team back on track ahead of the new La Liga season.
The Gunner’s captain is yet to return to training with the Arsenal first team as the 28-year-old is on holiday where he was spotted with former Arsenal captain Robin Van Persie at a beach after the World Cup with his national team side Belgium.
Now new Arsenal signing – Calum Chambers has further fueled the exit of Vermaelen when he was pictured training with his new team-mates in a No 5 shirt on Tuesday.
Chambers – whose £16million signing from Southampton was confirmed on Monday – has joined up with Arsene Wenger’s squad at their training camp in Austria. Although it has been widely reported that Chambers will wear the No 21 shirt in his first season at Arsenal, the picture of him wearing No 5 has raised further questions over the future of Vermaelen.
Arsenal’s No 5 Vermaelen is still the club’s official captain but he is understood to be frustrated at a lack of playing time behind first-choice defensive pairing Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
Chambers spent most of last season playing right back for Southampton but Wenger believes the 6ft 1in 19-year-old has all the attributes to be converted into a centre back.
Arsenal fans, has this young lad finally oust captain Vermaelen completely at the Emirates?