Thomas Vermaelen has told Arsene Wenger he wants to leave Arsenal in the summer after losing patience with his lack of playing time.
According to La Dernière Heure, a Belgian publication, the Gunners captain is ready to find a new club following his failure to dislodge Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny from the starting line-up.
Vermaelen was dropped ahead of the Champions League second leg win over Bayern Munich last season after a series of poor results made it look as though the Emirates Stadium club could miss out on the top four.
After winning that game at the Allianz Arena, Arsenal went on a sensational run to overhaul arch rivals Tottenham Hotspur and claim fourth spot in the Premier League.
That run was built on the foundations of a formidable defensive partnership between Mertesacker and Koscielny - something that has continued into this season and is one of the reasons the Gunners are only a point off the top of the table
However, the pair's incredible record of only losing one match in about two years when both players play the full game has meant that Vermaelen has hardly seen any action and the report claims he has had enough.
Should Vermaelen leave come the summer, Arsenal manager Wenger will have to spend to reinforce his defensive ranks, as the Belgium international is the only viable replacement should either of the two first choice centre-backs fall to injury or suspension.