Arsenal have reportedly agreed terms with Swansea over the transfer of defender Ashley Williams. While Gunners may soon lure Swans captain but on the other hand they are to repeat the same mistake again by looking to sell their own captain Thomas Vermaelen.
We all know Arsenal are renowned for selling stars and that habit of selling captains every other season is baffling. In 2011, they sold then club captain Cesc Fabregas to Barcelona, sold star striker Robin van Persie to United in 2012 and are about to ship third captain out in as many seasons by getting rid of Vermaelen.
One cannot deny that TV5 has played far below his usual standards this season and deserved to be benched. Koscielny and Mertesacker have been better than Arsenal captain who was way too inconsistent.
Although there have been no firm reports that Vermaelen is linked elsewhere but the arrival of Williams points towards his exit as the other two gunner defenders mentioned have been impressive for the club last season. Yes Vermaelen played bad but does he deserve the axe?
One bad season, that is all, just one bad season for the gunners and his future lies elsewhere? Not even a single eyebrow was raised when the Belgian defender was handed the captain’s armband, why, because he earned it through fantastic performances for the club since joining them in 2009.
Wenger wants the side to compete for the title next season and reinforcing the squad is inevitable as Arsenal look to spend big this time around in the transfer market. However, they signed a few players last summer as well, the difference, they sold a key star.
It will be a crime to say that Vermaelen is by no means a key star now just because he was not at his best last season. For worst, if another premier league club somehow comes up for him and Arsenal sell him for mere business sense, you never know they might just be ruing the decision again as the Belgian is still a quality defender.
Arsene Wenger must realize this soon enough and must not sell club captain again. Vermaelen will come stronger next season knowing he has to step up with a lot of competition in the side. That will inevitably be good for Arsenal as well having quality depth.
For now nothing can be said for sure about his departure. Given Arsenal’s transfer record over the years, if it remains the same again then expect Vermaelen to depart soon.
In your opinion, Should Arsenal sell Thomas Vermaelen?
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