The pressing Vermaelen issue
The captain is always a very important spot for every team in the world. The leader of the Arsenal team is essential to the success of the team as the captain is able to make decisions for the team on and off the pitch. This will affect the performance of the team directly and many people forget that more often than not.
Vermaelen has been a great player for Arsenal in the past. A solid centre half that can easily make the first team of any club in the league, Vermaelen has established himself as a premier defender on many levels. However in recent seasons, he has been dropped in favor of the formidable partnership of Koscielny and Mertesacker. This has led to many questions regarding the captaincy issue. It is kind of ridiculous our captain is sitting on the bench but that is all for the good of the team.
The snubbing of Vermaelen has led to him to be linked to many clubs, Manchester United being one of the hot favorites to get his signature. It is not surprising he is linked to a move away from Arsenal as he is too good to just be warming the bench. Also, it is important to note that Thomas has been an absolute gentleman during the period where he is on the bench and he is gracious enough for Mikel or Per to take over the captaincy during that period.
Nevertheless, I feel that if we had to let Thomas go, he should not be sold to a rival club as this will directly affect our interests. We would also need to get another solid centre-back to take over from him and that is by no means an easy task as Premier League defenders willing to sit on the bench are a rare breed nowadays.
Should Thomas go? Let us know Gooners!