Wenger could make selling Vermaelen to United much worse

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could make a transfer decision, which won't be at all popular with the club's fans.

Arsenal fans may have been a little shocked to read reports yesterday suggesting Arsene Wenger had agreed to sell Thomas Vermaelen to Manchester United.

After the deal which took Robin Van Persie to Old Trafford, Wenger went onto vow that no more Arsenal stars would be heading to Premier League rivals as the Gunners looked to wrestle back some dominance in English football.

Maybe Wenger doesn’t consider United a rival anymore or maybe a potential deal for Vermaelen is based on a player coming the other way.

However, before you get too excited Arsenal fans, it’s not Wayne Rooney, according to the Mail, it’s more likely to be Tom Cleverley or Chris Smalling.

Cleverley had a tough season at United last year under David Moyes.

He was regularly the subject of jokes relating to United’s midfield and was heavily criticised by United’s supporters, who sought a scapegoat other than their manager for the frequent defeats they weren’t used to.

It would be an amazing decision by Wenger if he demanded Cleverley in the same deal and something he would be heavily attacked for by fans.

The immediate question that comes to mind is why Wenger would want Cleverly included in a deal when he’s just turned down the opportunity to bring Cesc Fabregas back to the Emirates Stadium.

It would be explained away by the slight different positions that Cleverley and Fabregas play, but the logic is extremely difficult to see and understand.

Furthermore, Arsenal aren’t exactly short of central midfield options at the moment, missing only a top quality defensive midfielder which Cleverley certainly isn’t.

Smalling makes much more sense if Wenger is looking for a swap deal because he plays in the same position as Vermaelen.

He’s also an extremely versatile player who can cover two positions on the right hand side of central defence or down the right as a full-back.

However, it’s reasonable to suggest that someone like Phil Jones would be a better player coming the other way if a swap deal takes a more defensive shape and look.

Vermaelen’s agent has dismissed any notion of an agreement between the Belgian and United, which should allow Wenger to get to grips with the situation when he’s back from doing TV work in Brazil.

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