Arsenal could lose two of their key players in the summer after their captain told Arsene Wenger he wanted to leave Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen wants to leave the north London club in the summer, according to his agent.
Belgian journalist David De Myttenaere of DH.be says the 28 year-old centre back told Gunners manager Arsene Wenger he wanted to seek first team football elsewhere.
Vermaelen lost his place in the team to Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, who have struck up an immense partnership at the back, keeping the second most clean sheets in the Premier League this season.
The Belgium international was also the subject of an enquiry for his services from Manchester United in January, but Wenger was reluctant to sell to a rival mid-season – especially having only managed to bring injured Swedish midfielder Kim Kallstrom to Emirates Stadium in that window.
Arsenal have very few options at centre back, with only Vermaelen and Bacary Sagna able to fill in when Mertesacker and Koscielny are absent, and French defender Sagna too could depart in the summer too, as his contract expires in June with no new deal yet agreed.
Wenger may be forced to enter the transfer market for defenders himself at the end of the season.
— David De Myttenaere (@d_demyttenaere) February 14, 2014