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Thomas Vermaelen | Defensemen

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/14/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 165

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Arsenal have confirmed on their Twitter feed that Thomas Vermaelen has completed his move to Barcelona. He will be officially presented tomorrow.
With Calum Chambers already having arrived, Arsenal have now taken one step forward and one step back at a position that was thin going into the summer. Opinions differ widely on Vermaelen - from this being a big loss to the club not missing much from a player who has been frequently injured and out of form. The quality of the clubs bidding can't be dismissed but neither can the fact that he hasn't gotten many matches for club or country over the last 18 months. How Gooners feel about the move will depend on how the captain is replaced in the next three weeks. Aug 9 - 3:45 PM
Source: @ArsenalFC

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Manchester United will reportedly lose out to Barcelona in the race to secure Thomas Vermaelen's services.

Reports have indicated that Arsenal were not inclined to sell their captain to Manchester United for the second time in three years, especially with a strong competing bid from Barcelona. Reports further stated that Arsenal could have been swayed by a swap deal for Chris Smalling but that United wasn't interested in those terms. It appears likely that Vermaelen will leave the Emirates in short order leaving Arsene Wenger in need of a fourth center back behind Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker, and Calum Chambers.
Source: @BBCSport
Aug 8 - 9:04 AM

Belgium XI: Courtois, Alderweireld, Van Buyten, Kompany, Vermaelen, Witsel, Fellaini, De Bruyne, Mertens, Hazard, Lukaku

A few changes to the Belgium XI, as Vermaelen is handed a start along with goal-scoring substitutes from their win against Algerina, Marouane Fellaini and Dries Mertens.
Jun 22 - 11:00 AM

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen has been linked with a £10million move to Manchester United.

Getting £10million for a defender who hardly played last season and who seems to have seen his form drop dramatically over the past two seasons doesn't seem like a bad idea. Whether this move has been mooted because Vermaelen shares an agent with Robin van Persie and United happen to have a need at center back or because there are actual conversations going on isn't clear. With occasional deputy center back Bacary Sagna also gone, a Vermaelen departure would likely mean having to buy two players capable of playing center back this summer.
Source: The Mirror
Jun 16 - 10:39 AM

Arsenal Captain Thomas Vermaelen will wait until after Belgium's World Cup run to start thinking about his future at Arsenal.

After seeing himself fall behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in the center back pecking order at Arsenal, Thomas Vermaelen has a great deal to consider when it comes to his future. At 28 years old and theoretically in the prime years of his career, it is likely that he will want to be somewhere he has a good chance to start more than the seven league matches he started for Arsenal this past season. Unless either Mertesacker or Koscielny unexpectedly demands a transfer this summer Arsenal is unlikely to provide him that opportunity. Will he stay around as a solid third CB or will he agitate for a move elsewhere, stay tuned until July to find out.
May 19 - 11:55 AM

While neither is an odds on favorite to start, Arsenal are waiting on assessments of Thomas Vermaelen and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain before determining their availability for the FA Cup final squad.

With Arsenal's first trophy since the days of Patrick Vieira on the line, Arsene Wenger will want as deep a squad as possible for the match. He knows Theo Walcott won't be back and that Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey, and Jack Wilshere have returned from recent injuries and will be ready to start. The remaining questions - Vermaelen and Ox - are squad players who will be available should an injury arise or a Plan B be needed.
Source: bbc.com
May 17 - 9:33 AM

Arsenal continues to be without key reserves as Thomas Vermaelen joins Mikel Arteta, Thomas Rosicky, Nacho Monreal, and Nicklas Bendtner in being unavailable for the Fulham match.

In addition to these key reserves, Arsenal will also be missing Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott. While this isn't great for squad depth, it is great for fantasy managers who won't have much rotation to worry about with Serge Gnabry/Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain the only real uncertainty for Week 22. This situation will be short lived however, as Vermaelen, Monreal, Arteta, and Bendtner are likely to be available for Week 23 while Rosicky could go in an emergency with a mask protecting his recent facial surgery.
Source: Arsenal.com
Jan 17 - 8:49 AM

Thomas Vermaelen came off at halftime of Arsenal's FA Cup win over Spurs with a knee complaint. The issue is a minor one but the Week 21 match with Aston Villa will likely come too soon for the Belgian to be available.

With Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny both healthy and available, Vermaelen was not likely to start regardless of his health but his lingering knee complaint will likely force him out of the squad for the match against Aston Villa. The report makes it sound likely that he will be available again as soon as Week 22. Vermaelen's absence means that in the event of an injury to either of the starters that Bacary Sagna would move from his right back spot to the center with Carl Jenkinson taking over on the right.
Source: Arsenal.com
Jan 9 - 11:45 AM

Thomas Vermaelen was substituted off with no reason given in Arsenal's FA Cup win over Spurs on Saturday. He has now been listed on Arsenal's injury report with a knee complaint.

With Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny both at full fitness there doesn't seem to be much immediate concern over Vermaelen's injury. Like the Theo Walcott injury though, the news of Vermaelen's injury (coupled with mediocre-at-best performances when he has played) shines a light on Arsenal's need for additional depth at the center back spot. With the January transfer window open, it would seem like the ideal time to buy in this area.
Jan 7 - 2:11 PM

In a high profile friendly against Colombila, Thomas Vermaelen played the full 90 minutes for Belgium in a 2-0 loss to the South Americans.

Thomas Vermaelen's World Cup prospects need a boost. The upside of this past week has been more first team football with starts for Arsenal against Manchester United and for Belgium against Colombia. The downside is that the two matches have seen his teams lose by an aggregate 3-0 score. To compound the issue, he is likely to revert to the bench at Arsenal assuming that Per Mertesacker has recovered from what was reported as a minor illness when the Premier League schedules resumes. With Mertesacker and Koscielny forming a strong partnership, Vermaelen faces an uphill battle (or a January transfer/loan) for playing time at his club. Compounding his woes for Belgium is the potential return to health of Vincent Kompany. Assuming Kompany is healthy, Vermaelen will battle North London rival Jan Vertonghen (playing regularly but at left back) for the spot opposite Kompany in Belgium's central defense in Brazil.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 02:24:00 PM

Thomas Vermaelen claims not to be worried yet but despite being captain he has hardly been playing at all this season.

With Belgium looking incredibly strong heading into the World Cup and Vermaelen not seeing much playing time a January move - either permanently or on loan - may be in the cards. It is hard to argue with the results Arsenal have been producing with Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny as the starting duo in central defense. With Vermaelen not even getting minutes in the Premier League as a substitute but still critical to the club having depth it will be interesting to see how Arsenal approach any request that the player might make. Lacking any other starting quality center backs, Arsenal would have to buy one or two as replacements should Vermaelen leave in January.
Mon, Oct 21, 2013 11:02:00 AM

Arsenal center back Thomas Vermaelen started his first match of the season against West Brom in the Capital One Cup today.

The Belgian central defender has been absent thus far this season forcing Arsenal to use Bacary Sagna as a deputy center back when either Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny isn't available. An additional center back is probably still required in January but regaining at least some depth at the position will be critical to Arsenal's continued success. The biggest question on Vermaelen is whether his form will revert to his best or the sub-par performances of last 18 months or so.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 03:17:00 PM

Arsenal D Thomas Vermaelen insists he is happy at Arsenal despite his late season benching.

Vermaelen was benched for the final 10 games of the season and replaced by Laurent Koscielny, who impressed during that time. "I'm happy at Arsenal. I didn't play much and that was frustrating, but things can turn around quickly," Vermaelen said. "I was on the bench, but I could just as quickly be playing again. I'm working hard to make that happen. These are things that happen in professional football. Arsenal are a great club where there is a lot of competition."
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, May 29, 2013 09:48:00 AM