Thomas Vermaelen

Thomas Vermaelen has continually denied he is worried about being sidelined in favour of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, but he must surely be harbouring doubts about his future.

Arsenal's club captain had a year of poor form that lead to him being dropped earlier this year and the Gunners' performances have improved dramatically since.

Again, the World Cup could play a factor and though he has performed well recently in the absence of Koscielny through injury, Vermaelen must know he is first back-up and this could affect his chances of starting for Belgium next summer. A loan move perhaps?

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