Arsenal News: Thomas Vermaelen Not Happy Playing at Left-Back

H Andel@Gol Iath @gol_iathAnalyst IIIFebruary 13, 2012

Fed up with left-back
Fed up with left-backMichael Regan/Getty Images

Thomas Vermaelen does not like playing at left-back, he has told The People, according to Sky Sports.

I am fed up playing at left-back. I don't think I am good there - I want to achieve my highest level and I can't do that on the left.

I play there to help the team but it gives me no satisfaction as I can't reach my best standard.

I do my job but seldom feel content after matches. If the team wins I am happy, but it remains frustrating.

That's sad and alarming to hear, considering that the team's misfortune with injury has been the reason he has been called upon to play at left-back.

It is sad because such an open declaration has the potential of disrupting team harmony.

For example, when rumors hit last week that Robin van Persie has expressed admiration for Real Madrid and that he was honored to be connected to such a big club, van Persie quickly shot down the news through Twitter.

"Contrary to reports in Spain I have NEVER spoken to Marca newspaper and never gave any interview. Enjoy your day," he tweeted.

It was necessary for van Persie to do so because such a report could destroy team harmony. Readers would recall Gervinho's declaration that it was expedient that the club retains van Persie's services come May because of his status at the club.

Now how would it look if the captain of the team is seen to be looking for the way out of the door? And please, this is not the forum for a debate on the merits and demerits of Arsene Wenger's transfer policy.

I didn't like Per Mertesacker playing in my position is what Vermaelen could be saying.
I didn't like Per Mertesacker playing in my position is what Vermaelen could be saying.Clive Mason/Getty Images

The van Persie analogy is relevant because Vermaelen, like van Persie, is a senior player, who has been called upon to sacrifice his "favorite" position until the injured full-backs return.

He isn't, after all, the only person who has been called upon to make such a sacrifice. Talk to Johan Djourou and Francis Coquelin. What does his grumbling say to the younger players?

There's another tacit implication here, and let me put in the form of a question. Which of the two center-backs is he resenting, Laurent Koscielny or Per Mertesacker?

This is sad and alarming, I say, because of the foregoing reasons and for the way it may make the two center-backs of the last three months feel. Are they to feel guilty for the privilege of playing in Vermaelen's position?

"I am fed up playing at left-back," is also a tactless message to the manager.

And now he has the chance to play in the position he likes, with Mertesacker set to be absent for some time.


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