Barcelona transfer target keen to fight for Arsenal place

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Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has revealed he's determined to win back his first-team place at the Emirates Stadium, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Belgian international is Arsenal club captain but has recently lost his place in the first-team following a poor run of form. Vermaelen returned earlier this month in the absence of Per Mertesacker, but the German has now served his ban, and Vermaelen was once again on the bench for the visit of Everton.

Speculation has linked the former-Ajax man with a move away from the Emirates Stadium - Barcelona have been mentioned - and Arsene Wenger is reportedly willing to listen to offers.

Vermaelen fears he's been permanently relegated to the bench, with Laurent Koscielny and Mertesacker the new first-choice parternship, but he plans to fight for his future at Arsenal.

The report claims he's settled in London with his family, and has no intention of leaving this summer. Instead, he intends to compete hard to win his place back at the heart of the defence.

Injuries to Kieran Gibbs and Andre Santos forced Vermaelen into the left-back role earlier this season, and the uncertainty over his position didn't help his form.

But since the arrival of Nacho Monreal from Malaga in the January transfer window, Vermaelen had been operating exclusively in his preferred position.

His form didn't pick up though, and Wenger eventually decided to replace the Belgian in the starting lineup.

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