Gunners skipper rejects new deal at Emirates.
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Arsenal have been dealt a major blow in their bid to prevent Thomas Vermaelen from joining Manchester United as he rejects the offer of a new contract at the Emirates Stadium, according to the Daily Mail.
The Belgian international has found himself out of favour under Arsene Wenger in recent times, sparking interest from the likes of Barcelona and Napoli as well this summer, though he could now be set to make the move to their rivals United.
Vermaelen first joined Arsenal from Ajax in 2009 and immediately became a fans’ favourite with the north London giants, though he was dropped from the side for poor form in the 2012/13 season, and remains behind Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny in the pecking order.
A summer departure now looks almost certain after this latest rejection of a new contract, and it will come as some blow for Wenger to see Vermaelen make the move to Old Trafford, following in the footsteps of another former club captain Robin van Persie, who made the same move in the summer of 2012.
United have been keen to bring in new signings in defence since seeing both Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic leave this summer.