In a poll conducted by Spanish publication Diario Sport, an overwhelming majority of the Barcelona supporters who participated felt that the club made a mistake in signing Thomas Vermaelen.
Vermaelen was made club captain with the Gunners following the departure of Robin van Persie but found playing time limited due to a succession of injuries hindering his performances.
Last season, the 29-year-old centre-back made just 14 Premier League appearances and his lack of playing time prompted the press to speculate over a summer exit.
Barcelona were long-time admirers, and in spite of their desperate defensive situation the Nou Camp outfit shocked observers by signing Vermaelen for a moderate fee despite the obvious risks.
Since moving to Spain, the defender has yet to feature for the La Liga giants and the expected surgery next week will rule him out for the subsequent four to five months.
His absence has clearly frustrated the club’s supporters, and in a recent poll conducted by Diario Sport, a whopping 92% say that Luis Enrique’s side made an error in acquiring the defender.
Vermaelen made 150 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners over a five-year spell in North London, making the PFA Premier League Team of the Year for the 2009-10 season.
His last performance before succumbing to injury came during the World Cup as he started Belgium’s 1-0 victory over Russia in the group stage.