This summer Arsenal have the unenviable task of trying to replace long-standing right-back Bacary Sagna in the team - after he revealed that he would be leaving the club at the end of his current contract in the summer.
So with Sagna leaving, Manchester City rumoured to be the lucky recipients, Arsenal need to find a replacement in the role. Many a name has been mentioned, but it seems that there has finally been a decision made on just who should be that man.
The club are reportedly readying a £7 million approach for Toulouse right-back Serge Aurier. Liverpool are said to have also entered the fray for his signature this summer - as they reportedly want extra cover across the defence.
Which is where the threat to Thomas Vermaelen comes in.
The club captain is already only getting game time when either Per Mertesacker or Laurent Koscielny are unavailable - if Aurier arrives that is bound to get worse.
Aurier is a very talented right-back, and undoubtedly that would be his number one purpose at The Emirates, but in recent months he has been in top form as a central defender for both club and country.
With Carl Jenkinson an able body at right-back, and Hector Bellerin a talent emerging from the academy, it is hard to see where Vermaelen is needed.
If one of Koscielny or Mertesacker are injured Aurier can just slot in and do the job. It is is not that Arsenal would sell Vermaelen in these circumstances. Arsene Wenger would love to have three top class central defensive options at his disposal.
But the fact is Vermaelen will not be hanging around much longer if first-team football remains as sparse as it is now, or comes under even more threat.
It could be that Aurier's arrival is the death knell for Vermaelen's Arsenal career.