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Arsenal star may still depart Emirates Stadium this February

vermaelen.jpgThe Football Transfer is packed today and one of those enjoying some downtime in the bar is Simon Jones from Mail Online.

While ordering from the new food menu he explains to me that he has today heard a new whisper about a possible departure from the Emirates Stadium.

Jones claims that Arsenal’s club captain Thomas Vermaelen is being lined up by Zenit St Petersburg with the Russian giants preparing a bid.

The Belgian international centre back continues to play second fiddle at the Emirates Stadium, with boss Arsene Wenger preferring the partnership of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker for the Premier League league leaders.

This had already let to suggestions in the tavern that the 28-year-old could be on his way out of the club, and now Jones offers a possible destination for the defender as Zenit continue to strengthen.

Interestingly, the Russian transfer deadline doesn’t actually close until February 25 and this, according to today’s reports, could see manager Luciano Spalletti putting together a big money swoop for Vermaelen before the deadline.

That may force the Gunners into making a decision on Vermaelen’s future rather sooner than they would have liked. Wenger won’t want to see any players depart at this stage of the season, but with first football required to seal a place in the competitive Belgium World Cup starting eleven and certainly a lucrative package on offer from the rich Russian club, the defender could be interested in a move East.

And with only a mere three Premier League starts under his belt this season, perhaps the Gunners will be better to cash-in before it is too late?

Do you think Arsenal should let Thomas leave or does he still remain an important part of Wenger’s squad? Let us know your thoughts below.

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