Arsenal defender linked with City

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Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has been linked with a move to rivals Manchester City.

Metro reports that the Citizens will be looking to strengthen their defence at the end of the season, with question marks over a couple of the club's centre backs.

Martin Demichelis has come in for some strong criticism after a number of high-profile mistakes at the Etihad Stadium, whilst Joleon Lescott has also failed to impress when given the chance by Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.

Vermaelen is seen as the ideal player to help add some depth to the Premier League title challengers, the report claims, and would join compatriot Vincent Kompany if the Citizens were able to land the player.

Despite not being a first-team regular anymore, Vermaelen remains a key part of the first-team setup at Arsenal and often wears the captain's armband when selected.

Arsene Wenger doesn't want to lose the versatile Belgian, the paper claims, with the 28-year-old also capable of playing at left back for the Gunners if required at the Emirates Stadium.

Despite Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny becoming the number one pairing at the heart of the defence,  Vermaelen is an excellent option for Arsenal, and a move to a rival would be a major surprise at the end of the campaign.

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