Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger is extremely angry at the Belgium national squad manager and representatives after they used Vermaelen for the whole 90 minutes in the midweek match despite knowing that he’s injured and needs to rest.
“It looks like Belgium has made a decision which I still do not understand and will look to see if we can put a complaint in, because firstly they forced the player to travel, then they forced him to play 90 minutes after being injured.
“They had a centre-back on the bench who did not play at all, in a friendly game knowing they do not even go to the European Championships. For me, that is difficult to understand.”
Arsene was also angry on Bert van Marwijk, the Netherlands national team manager for “breaking” his captain when Robin Van Persie had to cut a training session short, but it proved that the striker is good to go for the Liverpool game.
Vermaelen is still under suspicion of being unavailable and if he won’t be able to play Wenger is in for some big problems because Mertesacker is still not ready to play and will be out for most of the season. It would seem that Wenger may have no choice but to partner Djourou with Koscielny as the only two recognised centre-backs left in the squad.
What other choice does Wenger have?