Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has insisted club-captain Thomas Vermaelen will not be sold despite the defenders frustration at a lack of first-team football, reports the Daily Star

Vermaelen has had limited chances in the first XI this season with Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker ahead of him in the pecking order and he had previously hinted of a move away from north London.

However, the Arsenal boss is confident his club-captain will get first-team opportunities this season and expects him to play an important role in the side.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of the Gunners' clash with Crystal Palace, Wenger said: "It is unfortunately part of our job that sometimes we frustrate people.

"He is rightly frustrated because he has the quality to play, because he behaves with a fantastic attitude and is a credit to our job. Not everybody behaves like him, it is absolutely fantastic. I can understand completely his frustration.

"They have done well, and there was no particular reason to change. Vermaelen's time will come. In our job the most important [thing] is to be ready and he behaves like somebody who will be ready when needed."

The Gunners take on Crystal Palace this weekend and will be desperate to secure all three points as they look to stay at the top of the Premier League table. 

Vermalen will be hoping to gain a place in the side for the clash with the Premier League new-boys. 

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