The Guardian report that Arsenal’s club captain Thomas Vermaelen has indicated that he look for a move away from the Emirates Stadium if he continues to struggle for first team opportunities in Arsene Wenger’s side.
The Belgian international centre back has mainly watched this season from the bench as Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny impress at the heart of the Gunners defence.
While the 27-year-old is not overly concerned by the situation, he realises that to gain a place in the Belgium starting eleven at the World Cup next summer, he will have to be playing regularly at the highest level.
He said: “I’ll have to think about that when it’s necessary. January is still a few months ahead.
“Of course, never playing will not be the ideal situation for me to go to the World Cup, that’s for sure. People ask me if I panic because I’m not playing a lot but I’m not.
“I have spoken to the manager but it will remain private between us. Things can happen in a split second and change my situation. That can happen tomorrow or next weekend. In that case, we will speak differently in January. I have to be ready for that.”
Wenger’s side are leading the Premier League at this early stage and will hope to continue their fine start to the season when they face Norwich City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
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