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Arsenal Boss Wenger Looking For Replacement As Thomas Vermaelen Edges Towards Man United Move

Wenger hints at Gunners exit for captain.

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Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is closing in on a move to Manchester United, according to the Daily Star.

Vermaelen has been at the centre of transfer negotiations for some time and Gunners boss Arsene Wenger has hinted that he expects the 28-year-old to leave.

Arsenal played their first preseason friendly of the summer on Saturday, beating Boreham Wood 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Kristoffer Olsson and Benik Afobe.

Speaking after the match, Wenger was quoted as saying: “I cannot guarantee he will stay, but should he go I would bring another centre-back in for sure.”

Disrupted by injury, Vermaelen featured in just 14 Premier League games last season.

In total, he has played 152 matches in all competitions since joining the Gunners from Ajax in 2009.

He has won just one major trophy during his time in North London – the FA Cup earlier this year.

Vermaelen only has 12 months left to run on his current contract.

He has been capped 47 times by Belgium at senior international level.

United are currently in the USA on a preseason tour. They face LA Galaxy in Pasadena on Thursday, before taking on Roma in Denver two days later.

The Red Devils then clash with Inter Milan in Washington and Real Madrid in Michigan.

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