Arsene Wenger has cast further doubt on Thomas Vermaelen’s Arsenal career by saying he ‘can’t guarantee’ the Belgian will be at the club next season.
Speaking to Gunnerblog and other assorted media after the 2-0 friendly win over Boreham Wood today, the manager said, “I cannot guarantee he’ll stay, but should he go I will bring another centre-back in for sure.”
The captain has been linked with a move to Manchester United for almost the duration of the summer, and after falling behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in the pecking order, it’s believed he expressed his desire to move clubs in order to play more regular first team football.
United reportedly see him as a central defensive option but also as a safety net at left back as they look to bed in £30m youngster Luke Shaw.
Wenger confirmed he’d be looking to bring in a goalkeeper and when pressed directly on Sami Khedira, said, “Look, I can’t give you any names.”
He was also asked about doing business early this summer, and admitted it’s not just down to one side to make that happen.
“Well, you are not the only one who decides that. Sometimes the players you want are available very late.
“You may refer to the Ozil case but at the same time last year was not available, he became available very late. You do the deals when they are possible.”