Defender vows to fight for his starting place.
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen says that he is determined to win back his first-team berth with the North London club, reports the Daily Mirror.
The 27-year-old has endured a difficult campaign at the Emirates, with a combination of both a loss of form and injuries resulting in the centre back recently losing his starting place at the heart of the Gunners’ back four for the first time since the player joined the club from Ajax in the summer of 2009.
The Belgium international suffered an ankle injury that kept him out of most of January and parts of February too, with Vermaelen struggling badly for form upon his return.
And in his absence the team’s defence has appeared rock solid, with the new central-defensive partnership of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny proving to be an fine combination, so much so that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must now be seriously considering letting his club captain leave north London this summer.
Vermaelen, who has been attracting interest from the likes of Barcelona of late, has two years left to run on his current deal and could fetch as much as £16 million plus were he to be sold at the end of the season.