Arsenal centre back Thomas Vermaelen is reportedly set to return to the Gunners’ first team this weekend.

The Belgian international has been out of action for the Emirates outfit since August, picking up a serious achilles injury whilst away with his country.

However, the 25-year-old came through 90 minutes for the Arsenal second string in a 0-0 draw against Manchester United last Thursday, and the Daily Mail reports Vermaelen is in-line for a comeback at the Britannia Stadium.

Whilst the Gunners are still mathematically in the title race, second appears to the be the more realistic target for Arsene Wenger’s side as they aim to end the season on a high following victory against the Red Devils on Sunday.

A senior return for Vermaelen would add another positive to the end-of-season party at Arsenal, and could be the first building block towards a successful campaign next term.

Johan Djourou

Whilst many believe the club’s French manager needs to make moves in the summer transfer markets, Vermaelen’s teammate Johan Djourou believes many of the issues can be solved on the training pitch.

“Of course you can add players if you wish but the most important thing is making sure the players you have are progressing well together,” he told Arsenal TV online.

“Football is not always about buying the biggest players [to] bring you glory.”

The return of the Belgian international adds to Djourou’s sentiment, although Gary Cahill is thought to be high on Wenger’s radar.

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