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Arsenal enter desperation stakes as Vermaelen ruled out for 3 months

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Arsenal skipper Thomas Vermaelen suffered a back injury while on national duty in May. It was initially thought that the Belgian would miss the first few weeks of the new season. Now, new reports indicate that the injury is worse than thought, with Vermaelen out for 3 months instead. It is said that he won’t be able to play till October, leaving Arsenal with only two recognized central defenders in Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny.

Today, the Metro reports that Vermaelen’s extended injury has made Ashley Williams top priority for Arsene Wenger. It will be harder to complete the deal now that Williams has recently been given the captain’s armband for Swansea from long-standing club captain Garry Monk. Welsh skipper, Williams, has been one of the Premier League’s most consistent centre backs with 2 full seasons of Premier League experience under his belt.

 

However, it is yet to be understood whether Ashley Williams will succumb to the lure of Champions League football that Arsenal will be able to offer provided they glide through the qualifiers. It is understood that Arsenal have approached Swansea earlier this summer regarding the player, only to be put off by Swansea’s 12 million pound demands for Williams.

Either way, it should have not taken till news of Vermaelen’s extended time in the sidelines for Arsenal to finally make a serious move for the player. Arsenal are desperately short of cover in the centre back position after a loan move away for Johan Djourou and the release of Sebastien Squillaci. It seems that Wenger may have to succumb to Swansea’s demands. However, it will be interesting to see whether Swansea will sell the defender now considering he has been given the captain’s armband just last week.