Arsenal's Vermaelen hints at potential January exit
Following an opening of the Premier League campaign full of injury layoffs, Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has seen his return to the first team under Arsene Wenger stopped in its tracks thus far by the superior early season form of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker.
Vermaelen's failure to see regular first team action with Arsenal since his return could prompt him to make a move for a change of scenery come January as the Belgian international will be looking to secure regular action following his nation's qualification for the 2014 World Cup.
Speaking to the Mail, although the 27-year-old is not believed to fear for his place at Arsenal, if things do not change he could be forced into looking for a new place to ply his trade:
"I'll have to think about that when it's necessary. January is still a few months ahead. Of course, never playing will not be the ideal situation for me to go to the World Cup, that's for sure.
People ask me if I panic because I'm not playing a lot but I'm not. I have spoken to the manager but it will remain private between us.
Things can happen in a split second and change my situation. That can happen tomorrow or next weekend. In that case, we will speak differently in January. I have to be ready for that."
Since his arrival at the Emirates the Belgian has made 132 appearances scoring 15 goals and providing five assists having been almost permanent fixture in the first team aside from his injury absence in 2010-11.
At the moment Vermaelen appears content that things will work at Arsenal, but come January things could be a different story should his playing time situation not improve.