Thomas Vermaelen rejects new Arsenal deal

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This week, Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen turned down a new contract offer from the Gunners as it seems as if now he is on his way out of the north London club due to frustration from lack of game time. 

The Daily Mail reports how Vermaelen has been watched closely for nearly a year now by Premier League rivals Manchester United, after he was shunned from the starting Arsenal line-up by the new defensive partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny. 

Vermaelen only has one more year left on his current deal with Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger said last week that he may be forced to have to sell his club's captain to avoid both Financial Fair Play breaching and to also avoid letting Vermaelen go on a free. 

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Arsenal's number five is also wanted by clubs overseas such as Barcelona and Napoli. 

Arsenal would love to keep him because defence is where they lack the most strength in depth as the Gunners could be left with a problem if their only out and out back-up centre-back is Ignasi Miquel.

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Calum Chambers has played central defence for Arsenal in their last two pre-season outings surely indicating that Vermaelen will be leaving the club most definitely during this transfer window.

Arsenal turned down a £7 million enquiry last month from Manchester United but now they have supposedly sent in a bid of £12 million for the Belgian star which Wenger may well just accept given the fact his contract expires in June 2015. 

Arsenal would much rather prefer to sell Vermaelen abroad rather than to a potential title rival but if this also means that no foreign clubs put in a bid until January which could mean that he would just sign a pre-contract agreement so Arsenal would receive absolutely nothing. 

Vermaelen has seen himself become a fringe player at Arsenal and recently he has struggled to change this new role due to the amount of injury niggles he has had so now might be the best time for him to look for a new club.

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