The one Arsenal player whose future is in doubt after the World Cup

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The World Cup always brings up new players to target, but clubs will also be looking to sell players after the tournament.

A number of players have made names for themselves this summer, including Costa Rica and Mexico goalkeepers Keylor Navas and Guillermo Ochoa, Algeria midfielder Yacine Brahimi and Ecuador forward Enner Valencia, but whilst they've been linked with moves to a number of clubs this summer, clubs must make way for them by selling players.

That may be in order to simply improve their squad having seen what's on offer at the World Cup, or because players have flattered to deceive during the season and through the tournament – putting a number of players' futures in doubt.

In the case of Arsenal, one player could fit in to both of the aforementioned categories, as the Gunners may look to sell defender Thomas Vermaelen once the World Cup is over.

The Belgian endured another injury-hit campaign at the Emirates Stadium, further enforcing manager Arsene Wenger's belief that Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker are the clear first choice partnership in the heart of the Arsenal defence. In fact, towards the end of the season, Vermaelen spent more time filling in at left back for the injured Kieran Gibbs than he did in his natural centre back position.

Expected to start at centre half with Vincent Kompany for Belgium this summer, Vermaelen could have repaired his reputation with a strong World Cup. Yet with Marc Wilmots choosing to go with Daniel van Buyten in the middle and Jan Vertonghen at left back, Vermaelen has been out of the side – whilst another unsurprising injury has prevented the 28-year-old from making an impact.

It seems like at least two seasons since Vermaelen was at his best, and the World Cup could've been his last straw in North London. Having once again failed to prove his ability – and his fitness – it's time for Arsenal to cut ties with the former Ajax man, and with Manchester United reportedly interested, Wenger should allow Vermaelen to leave the club, and bring in another centre back who can be more reliable.

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