Arsene Wenger can't rule out Thomas Vermaelen exit

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Arsene Wenger could not confirm whether or not Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen will be at the club at the start of next season.

Despite retaining the status of club captain, Vermaelen has been surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium for 18 months. Instead Wenger has opted for Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, with the Belgium international a firm understudy.

With his contract set to expire in 2015, reports are starting to emerge over whether Vermaelen has a future at the club. And speaking ahead of the FA Cup final today, Wenger only threw fuel on the fire.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “I do not even know if Thomas Vermaelen is fit to be in the squad at the moment.

“I cannot speak about the transfers today. Normally I would say no because he is under contract. But...”

The 28-year-old has been linked with a move to the likes of Napoli and even Manchester United in the past while Newcastle are also keeping tabs on his situation.

His lack of playing time has not cost him a place in Belgium's World Cup squad but further disclusion next season could spell the end of Vermaelen's time at the Emirates Stadium.

Vermaelen signed from Ajax in 2009 in a deal worth £10m.

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