Arsene Wenger: ‘Thomas Vermaelen could leave Gunners’

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted defender Thomas Vermaelen could leave the club this summer in search of first-team football.

The Belgium international has been linked with a move away from the Emirates Stadium for several months after finding himself out of the side in north London.

Vermaelen is reportedly wanted by new Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal this summer after he lost the experienced trio of Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand.

Wenger has now confirmed there has been interest in the centre-back and he also hinted that Manchester United are one of the teams interested in his services.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of Sunday’s Community Shield with Manchester City, he said: “Have we received bids? Yes. I can’t tell you who from but you will know very soon.

“Are Man United one of the teams to have made an offer? I think they could be in the group.

“It could happen. I have said that since the start of pre-season. Vermaelen could leave us because he needs to play now. We’re in a position where it’s difficult to stand in his way if he finds an interesting opportunity.

“We have sat down with Thomas and talked about his future.”

Barcelona are also understood to be interested in taking Vermaelen to Spain this summer.

The Gunners are 1.28 to beat Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season on August 16, with the Eagles 8.18 while the draw can be backed at 5.09.

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