Could Arsene Wenger be planning to move Thomas Vermaelen into defensive midfield? It is a well known issue at Arsenal that the club needs a defensive midfielder but the club hasn’t really shown much interest in any players except Victor Wanyama, but now even a deal for him doesn’t look likely.
There has been talk of Fellaini and the media have reported bids being made recently but even Fellaini is used to playing in attacking positions lately and may be more likely to join David Moyes at Manchester United if they make an offer for him. The bookies and the media are convinced that Fellaini will go to Arsenal but nothing is a certainty in football.
Some people have mentioned before that Thomas Vermaelen should try his luck in defensive midfield and it may just be about to happen. Wenger dropped him towards the end of the season after a string of poor performances that lead to Arsenal conceding several bad goals. Playing in front of the back four would mean that the odd mistake would not be so crucial, a bit like Chelsea sometimes do with David Luiz.
Vermaelen is the club captain and surely the boss won’t want to sell his captain for the third season in a row. Barcelona were interested in him around a month ago but speculation about that has since dampened and the signs point toward him staying at the club.
The club could solve two problems at the same time by moving him to this new position as they wouldn’t necessarily need to buy a new player in defensive mid. Also Arsenal would be free to continue using Mertesacker and Koscielny at the back without having to leave Vermaelen out. If Wenger wanted, he could buy some cover in defence if he has some money left over at the end of transfer proceedings.
Do you agree that the team will be better off with Vermaelen playing in defensive midfield or should we have faith in him to overcome his poor form of last season?