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Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen undecided on future

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Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has insisted that he has no idea if there is any truth to rumours that his days at the Emirates are numbered, telling the Evening Standard that he prefers to focus on the fight for silverware this season rather than rumours of a move to Manchester United.

Vermaelen has been consistently mentioned in connection with a summer switch after failing to dislodge first-choice defensive pairing Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny from the Arsenal side this season, with United and Napoli believed to be monitoring his situations closely.

Injuries have led to Vermaelen playing 90 minutes in each of Arsenal's last two games, his first action since January, which included filling in a left-back against Bayern Munich last night.

The Belgian international largely coped well with Arjen Robben despite not playing in his favoured position, giving United and Napoli further reason to investigate whether Wenger would be willing to part with the skipper this summer.

Despite speculation lingering the 28-year-old is adamant that he has received no indication over his status as an Arsenal player next season, placing nothing in rumours that he is wanted elsewhere during a critical point in the campaign.

He told the Evening Standard: "There has been a lot of speculation, but I can't talk about it because I don't know what is going on.

"My focus is at Arsenal at the moment. There is still a lot to play for - I can't do anything about rumours.

"It is not easy, but I try to stay positive."

With regular left-backs Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal both struggling for fitness Vermaelen may well keep his place in the Arsenal starting XI this Sunday, for a mammoth clash with local rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.

The Gunners desperately need all three points to keep alive fleeting title hopes, in a match which could see Vermaelen make only his eighth Premier League appearance of the campaign.

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