The Belgian international arrived in North London from Ajax back in 2009 having impressed back in Holland, and became an instant success at the Emirates Stadium, scoring eight goals from defence in his first season.
But injuries and the arrivals of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker have limited the 28-year-old's impact in recent years, leading to him being on the bench more often than not, as Koscielny and Mertesacker have formed a solid partnership in front of goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.
With reported interest from the likes of Napoli, Manchester City and Manchester United, Vermaelen is expected to leave the club this summer, and hinted that he was unhappy with the lack of first team football he was receiving under boss Arsene Wenger this season whilst speaking to press in Belgium.
"I do occasionally have the chance to play, but you must remember that the players in front of me are incredibly fit and play almost all the time," he told Het Nieuwsblad. "Of course I was hoping for more playing time."
"I do not know whether I will sign a new contract," he added. "We'll see at the end of the season. We are very much in the title race and have a chance of winning the FA Cup. My future is currently not on the agenda. These are worries for later."
Vermaelen should still keep his place in the Belgium side for this summer's World Cup despite his limited playing time this season, and will likely feature alongside Manchester City's Vincent Kompany in the heart of the defence for Marc Wilmots' side.
Strong performances for Belgium this summer could increase interest in Vermaelen, whose chances of breaking the Koscielny-Mertesacker partnership look bleaker by the week.