What next for Thomas Vermaelen?

After an underwhelming loan season with AS Roma, Thomas Vermaelen is going to be heading back to Spanish side Barcelona come the end od the 2016/17 season, and no-one quite knows what the future holds for him.

On August 8 of 2016, Thomas Vermaelen decided to pen a 1 year long loan deal with AS Roma and the Italian club had the option of extending this deal further – but depending on whether or not Thomas Vermaelen performs at a consistently high level and was able to impress the head chiefs of AS Roma.

Unfortunately for the Belgian defender, instead of having an impressive season, it was more like a disappointing and mediocre season as Thomas Vermaelen missed out on 17 matches due to injuries which continue to hamper his playing career. Understandably, Roma chose not to extend the contract of Vermaelen and he is now expected to make a return to his parent club, Barcelona. Continue reading What next for Thomas Vermaelen?

Vermaelen wants to play again

Thomas Vermaelen said that he is desperate to play regularly and that he wants to win his place back in the first team.

The Roma defender stated that he has been enjoying a poor season so far where he has suffered numerous injuries, but he feels that he is getting better.

The former Arsenal player said that there is nothing worst for a footballer to find your teammates enjoying themselves on the pitch while you are watching from the stand. He stated that he is a competitive player and that he always wants to be on the pitch fighting for his team.

Indeed Thomas Vermaelen has suffered many injuries ever since he made a move to Roma and he feels that it is high time that he gets a good run in the team. Continue reading Vermaelen wants to play again

Where can Thomas Vermaelen revive his career?

Thomas Vermaelen was expected to take his game to a whole new level when he left Arsenal for Barcelona in the summer of 2014 for £15 million, but things have gone horribly wrong for the defender. Injuries and fitness issues have massively affected the centre-back, who is now on loan at Italian club AS Roma.

Vermaelen has been able to play just nine league games for an AS Roma side who are set to finish in the top three of Serie A this season. When the 31-year-old centre-back has featured for the Giallorossi, his performances have been less than impressive.

Roma have the option to sign the former Arsenal centre-back on a permanent contract in the summer transfer window, but it is unlikely that the Italian club will pay money for a player they do not need. As for Barcelona, given the Belgium international’s injury issues and his age, the Spanish giants may not be too inclined to have him on their books for the 2017-18 campaign. Continue reading Where can Thomas Vermaelen revive his career?

Barcelona Defender Thomas Vermaelen Reveals Desire to Stay at Roma

Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen continues to struggle with a spate of injuries.

The Belgian has not been able to revive his career even after making the move to Italian outfit Roma in the summer. After Barcelona lost their patience in the defender, he was sent out on loan to the Italian club. Vermaelen was hoping to revive his career at a club where there was less pressure on him to perform. However, this has not been the case, as Vermaelen has been able to make only four starts in the league. In total, he has made eight appearances in the Italian Serie A.

Despite this poor return, Vermaelen says that he is extremely happy with life in Rome. Hence, he would like to extend his stay with the Italian club. Barcelona are unlikely to be too worried about the latest comments by the 31-year-old, as long as they receive much of the £ 15 million paid to Arsenal in the summer of 2014. Continue reading Barcelona Defender Thomas Vermaelen Reveals Desire to Stay at Roma

Is Thomas Vermaelen not going to return to Barcelona?

Thomas Vermaelen only has a few months left on his contract with the Italian outfit As.Roma as his loan deal with be reaching it’s end on August but it seems like the veteran defender is not interested in making a return to his parent club Barcelona.

The 31 year old Belgian defender Thomas Vermaelen has always struggled with injuries throughout the entirety of his career as he has been injured in just about every club that he has performed in.

When was wearing the Arsenal jersey a few years ago, he sustained various injuries which kept him out of the pitch for a significantly long period of time but there was one in specific that forced him to stay on the sidelines for around 8 months.

After spending 5 years with Arsenal, Vermaelen joined Barcelona and injuries continued affected him as the Belgian player picked up a hamstring injury that left him off of the pitch for 4 months and many other physical problems have emerged which has only further increased his time on the sidelines. Continue reading Is Thomas Vermaelen not going to return to Barcelona?

Roberto Martinez Expects Key Contribution from Thomas Vermaelen

Belgian national team boss Roberto Martinez expects injury prone defender Thomas Vermaelen to play a key role for Roma this season.

Vermaelen’s career has been hit hard by injuries over the last five years. When he moved at Arsenal as a highly talented player from Ajax back in 2009, Vermaelen was regarded as one of the best centre backs in the world. He became so influential in the Arsenal team that he was even made is the captain of the gunners just a few years after his arrival. However, things became especially poor for the player when he suffered his first major injury in the 2010-11 campaign.

An Achilles tendon injury was blamed as the reason for the player managing only five appearances throughout the campaign. However, not many expected that this poor injury record to continue since the player had never encountered such a major problem previously in his career. It turned out to be a recurring issue with Vermaelen only managing 21 appearances in all competitions in his final season at the club. Continue reading Roberto Martinez Expects Key Contribution from Thomas Vermaelen

Roma must defend better

Thomas Vermaelen has stated that Roma needs to improve defensively and make sure that they stop conceding so many goals.

The former Arsenal player said that Roma are good when going forward, but they concede too many goals and that this can hinder their chances of winning the title.

Thomas Vermaelen is currently on loan from Barcelona and has been out of the team for the last 2 months due to injury. He said that he was happy to be back in the team after spending some time away due to injury.

He said that he feels better and he wants to help the team win games. However, he admitted that the team is currently conceding too many goals and that it is important that they find a solution to this issue. He said that the team would have to learn how to defend collectively so as to reduce the amount of goals they concede. Continue reading Roma must defend better


Belgium international Thomas Vermaelen has been reportedly sidelined from AS Roma’s plans as he is set to undergo surgery for sports hernia. The former Gunner defender arrived Roma on loan from Barcelona sometime this summer but has only managed to feature in three games for Roma, with one of them lasting for just 41 minutes in a Champions League preliminary at Porto, before he was sent off.

Injuries are not a new thing to Vermaelen. However, this sports hernia has been a thing of concern for the 30 year old since early September. A correspondence from Corriere dello Sport newspaper has said Roma sought the inputs of specialist and they believe a surgery might well be in place. Continue reading VERMAELEN INJURED, ROMA SEEKS REPLACEMENT


Catalan Publication, Sport, reported that the Spanish La-Liga Champions weighed up a bid from Emirates Stadium. Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger surprisingly made a bid to re-sign their former defender, Thomas Vermaelen.

Vermaelen joined the Ajax youth academy in year 2000 as the Netherlands side won the 2003/04 Eredivisie title in his first season with the club. He had a loan spell with RKC Waalwijk before returning to Ajax and winning the KNVB Cup and the Johan Cruyff Shield as well. When Klaas-Jan Huntelaar departed in 2009, Vermaelen played as the club captain for the rest of the season. Continue reading WENGER BACK IN FOR VERMAELEN?