Is this proof Arsene Wenger made the right call over Thomas Vermaelen?

A Spanish TV station suggests former Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is currently third choice at Barcelona.

Sport TV has suggested Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger made the right call in relation to former Gunner Thomas Vermaelen.

Wenger sold the Belgian centre-back to Barcelona for £15 million during the summer transfer window, but was criticised for doing so without signing a direct replacement at centre-back.

Calum Chambers arrived in a £16 million deal from Southampton but a more experienced defender was desired by the majority of Arsenal fans who waved goodbye to their ex-skipper.

Sport TV has created a debate which suggests that summer signing Jeremy Mathieu (from Valencia) and key first team star Gerard Pique are the only players who can be classed as undisputed in the middle of Luis Enrique’s back four.

Vermaelen is yet to make his debut in Barca colours as he carries an injury from the World Cup, which would have kept him out of the Arsenal side even if he had stayed at the Emirates.

It seems a little harsh that he’s on the end of passing judgement before he’s even turned out for the Nou Camp team, but his history of injury problems is something that Barca would have been aware of when they bought him.

It shouldn’t be a major surprise that Mathieu and Pique are considered important to the current defence for the same main reason.

Mathieu has experience of La Liga football from several years at Valencia while Pique has cumulated a high number of appearances in Barca’s defence since he went back to the club from Manchester United.

“He (Vermaelen) needs to get over the injury he picked up last season, obviously it is quite difficult to introduce him into a team that is already in the rhythm of playing games. He's someone that is going to help us,” said Enrique.

Here’s to hoping his Barca debut comes sooner rather than later.

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