According to The Mirror, current Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen will keep his captaincy after weeks of speculation that he will be replaced by somebody else due to the poor season he has just had with The Gunners. Should he be allowed to keep his captaincy or even stay at the club?
The Belgian was widely criticised last season after a string of poor performances and defensive errors. His mistakes caused Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny to become the undisputed first choice centre backs in the team and left Vermaelen on the bench most of the time.
Mertesacker and Koscielny were two of the main reasons that Arsenal had such a strong finish to the season. Steve Bould was brought in to solidify the defence last season and it took until the last few months for it to work. That has been the main criticism of Arsenal in recent years, the poor defence. Players have come and gone and now it seems that the club has finally found its partnership and gelled properly.
As far as I am concerned Vermaelen should not be allowed to play in defence again for Arsenal. The only way I would allow him to stay at the club is if he was retrained to play in defensive midfield. We all know that a new player is needed there and I don’t see a reason why that can’t be Vermaelen.
The only reason I think that Arsene Wenger has not stripped him of the captaincy or even put him up for sale is that the club has lost it’s captain for the last few seasons consecutively. Fabregas, Van Persie, Vermaelen would show that Wenger has poor judgement when choosing a captain unless he sticks with him and gives him another chance to rise to the challenge.
What do you think Arsenal fans, should Thomas Vermaelen be allowed to stay at the club and as captain or is his time up playing at the Emirates?