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Thomas Vermaelen Drops Further Hint He’ll Leave Arsenal This Summer

Belgian international can’t guarantee future at the Emirates.

Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has dropped another hint that he may be on his way out of the club at the end of the season after saying that he has found his lack of playing time difficult to deal with, according to Inside Futbol.

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The Belgian stopper has seen his role in the squad relegated to back up, as the first choice pairing of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Kosielny block his path to more action.

Vermaelen has been handed starts when either of the duo are injured or suspended, and has at times also been deployed in a more unfamiliar left-back role.

And he has now starting to get itchy feet as he finds his year long role tiresome, and has given further credibility to the rumours linking him with a move away this summer.

“I do occasionally have the chance to play, but you must remember that the players in front of me are incredibly fit and play almost all the time”, he told Het Nieuwsblad.

“Of course I was hoping for more playing time.”

His contract still has just under 18-months to run in north London, and he has insisted that though he remains focussed on the run-in, he cannot make any guarantees as to where he’ll be beyond the summer.

“I do not know [whether I will sign a new contract].

“We’ll see at the end of the season. We are very much in the title race and have a chance of winning the cup. My future is currently not on the agenda.

“These are worries for later.”

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