Ian Wright: I'm disappointed with Arsenal transfer

Arsenal legend Ian Wright says he is disappointed the club sold Thomas Vermaelen.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has admitted he is disappointed the club decided to sell Thomas Vermaelen, and that the player elected to move on.

The club's second highest ever scorer behind Thierry Henry, told BBC 5 Live:

I said I was very disappointed, I tweeted to Thomas, saying it's a pity he didn't stay and fight it out here because he's a great player when he's fit and he's a player Arsenal could do with.

"When you look at Arsenal now with the squad they are trying to assemble, with the noises coming out of Arsenal's boardroom, Gazidis, Wenger, Usmanov and everything, makes you realise something is happening.

"I'm not saying Arsenal are going to go onto win CL but there is a change and I'd have liked to have seen a player of that calibre just stay and fight it out.

"I did say, Barcelona is a great move and good luck, it is Barcelona and its very hard to turn that down but i don't know.

"Arsenal need players like that so we can get stronger every year and challenge, when it comes to February and March."

Wright's frustration sounds like it is a mixture of ire at the club, and the player. Arsenal could have done more to convince the former captain to stay, while Vermaelen seemed to, privately at least, be adamant he wanted out.

The Belgian's exit does leave a hole at centre-back, although new signing Calum Chambers showed he can step in adeptly during yesterday's Community Shield.

If the Gunners move to sign another quality defender to fill in for the 28-year-old, there will be no arguing with the transfer business, of getting £15 million for a player who wanted to move on.

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