The Belgian is fed up of warming the bench with the Gunners…
Arsenal’s central defensive star Thomas Vermaelen has claimed he is ready to leave the Emirates club in January to fulfill his dreams of playing in the World Cup with Belgium next summer in Brazil, reports the Times.
Belgium booked their place in the competition on Friday evening with a victory over Croatia, and played out a 1-1 draw with Wales last night.
Vermaelen started, but knows that when Vincent Kompany returns, he could well be benched, like he is for his club at the moment.
“Yes, I have to think about [a transfer] when it’s necessary,” Vermaelen said.
“Of course, never playing will not be the ideal situation for me to go to the World Cup, that’s for sure,” added the 27-year-old.
Vermaelen has lost his place this season to in form duo Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny, and boss Arsene Wenger has informed him that he will only get a chance should one of the pair pick up an injury or a suspension.
Vermaelen has only made one league appearance this season for the Gunners, and it is looking increasingly likely that the elegant centre-half will move to pastures new when the transfer window opens in January.