Arsenal will not receive the reported £3m bonus they could have been entitled to for selling Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona - because he failed to play a single minute in their Champions League winning campaign - according to Belgian website voetbalkrant.com.


FC Barcelona Unveil New Signing Thomas Vermaelen

The Belgian was sold for £15m to Barcelona last summer, but spend most of the season out with injury. As part of the deal, Barcelona had proposed that Arsenal would receive a bonus had they won the Champions League with Vermaelen in the squad. However, despite their win over Juventus in Berlin on Saturday, Arsenal will not receive the money.


For the clause to be triggered, Vermaelen needed to play a part in the squad's route to the trophy. Vermaelen though did not participate - and even the medal he collected in the celebrations will now need to be returned to UEFA. According to European football's governing body's rules, a player can only receive a Champions League medal if he has appeared in the competition during the season.


Chilean goalkeeper Claudio Bravo and Brazilian full back Douglas Pereira also miss out on keeping their medals because they too failed to play in the competition last season. 



Vermaelen himself has only played in one game in all competitions for Barca since joining - a mere 65 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Deportivo La Coruna last month. He signed a five-year deal with the Spanish giants after deciding to leave the Gunners last summer, but has struggled with a hamstring injury through the entire campaign.


Barcelona went on to win the Champions League with a 3-1 win over the Serie A champions, thanks to goals from Ivan Rakitic and Luis Suarez - before Neymar struck with a final goal in injury time. The win sealed a second treble in six years (of league, cup and Champions League) for the Catalans - after they won their first in 2009.