​Ex-Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has been lined up with a return to his beloved Emirates faithful, according to reports in Spain.

Catalan newspaper ​Sp​ort have claimed he is on his way out of Barcelona and the North London outfit may be his next destination. 

Vermaelen swapped gloomy London for the sandy shores of Barcelona two years ago, but injuries have taken their toll on the centre-back. During his two-year-spell the 30-year-old has made just 11 appearances in the Blaugrana colours, scoring once. 


However, he has got his hands on one of the world's most sought after trophies in football, as Barcelona lifted the Champions League trophy in his first season there, whilst also having two La Liga winning medals. 

Vermaelen made 10 appearances in the past year, a considerable increase on the single start in his initial season with the club, but after acquiring the services of French Euro 2016 star Samuel Umtiti, game-time for the Belgian is looking slim.  


Despite all of Vermaelen's injury woes, he featured in an accomplished display for his country at this years' European Championship's, helping Belgium reach the semi-finals, however suspension saw him miss the crucial game against Wales. 

Arsene Wenger has said he is in the market for a centre-back after coming to terms with Per Mertesacker's knee injury that will have the German sidelined until the New Year, and Vermaelen looks to be an excellent coup - regarding he stays fit. 

At 30-years-old he can provide the Arsenal back-line with experience and competence, whilst his brave Arsenal performances prior to his move merit him the respect of the Gunners faithful.  

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