Wenger's promise not to sell to Manchester United may come back to haunt him

Arsenal boss snapped just over a year ago, over selling players to Manchester United - but appears to be contemplating it again.

Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen is reportedly on the verge of signing for Manchester United, in one of the surprise deals of the summer.

The Telegraph reported yesterday that the Belgian has agreed terms on a £100,000 per week deal, and link up with former Arsenal teammate Robin van Persie.

It would be yet another former Gunner playing for a Manchester club, with Bacary Sagna departing for Manchester City on a free transfer already this summer. 

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will no doubt face further scrutiny, especially after his outburst last April.

The Mail reported at the time: "When asked whether opposite number Sir Alex Ferguson was interested in any of his other players, Wenger reiiled: ‘I don’t know but he will not sign them from us.’"

Given Sir Alex retired a month later, Wenger can claim to technically be correct in the phrasing of his comment even if he sells Vermaelen, but the message is clear.

Wenger was outlining that Arsenal had moved forward, and selling to their rivals would be a thing of the past.

Whichever the view on Vermaelen, third choice centre-back at Arsenal, he had many a fine moment at the club, and if he recaptures his best form at United then the transfer will look like a clear mistake.

Wenger is already off to a controversial start this summer in his transfer dealings, snubbing the chance to sign Cesc Fabregas and allowing him to sign with Chelsea - selling Vermaelen to Manchester United and going back on his word, will not be a good next move.

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