Thomas Vermaelen has given the biggest hint he could leave Arsenal in January if he remains stuck on the sidelines.
The Belgian has fallen out of favour after a loss of form led to Laurent Koscielny taking his place in the team. Since then, Koscielny has formed a tight partnership with Per Mertesacker with the duo losing only one game since March, with the French defender given a red card in the defeat.
An injury kept him out of the team at the start of this season and the same duo of Koscielny and Mertesacker have guided Arsenal to the top of the Premier League with the club captain unable to find a way back in to the team.
His demotion to the bench has also damaged his role in the Belgian national side as his once guaranteed starting berth has been ruined with Vincent Kompany and Jan Vertonghen keeping out of the line-up.
With the World Cup in the summer, Vermaelen is thinking of his situation and if he will be on the plan to Brazil. Although he is still part of the national set-up and will act as fantastic back-up, the defender wants to force his way back in to the starting team but needs to do it at club level first and if come January, he is still on the substitutes bench, he could be tempted for a move.
“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 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 different in January. I have to be ready for that.”
With the fixture list set to cause havoc over their next few weeks as well as a busy festive period, Vermaelen will get his chance in the first team, he just needs to take it.