Thomas Vermaelen is in the Arsenal squad for tomorrow’s crunch game against the team led by a man who is not racist at all, after Arsene Wenger earlier raised doubts about his participation.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, the boss felt that after such a long time out injured the Chelsea game might be too much, too soon for the Belgian.
“Vermaelen might be available to be in the squad”, he said. “We’ll have to assess him. He is not injured. He came off with a calf problem on Tuedsay in the Carling Cup. It was cramp because he has not played for a long time and he only had one training session. As I say he is not injured but he might be a little bit short for a game of that intensity”.
However, at his press conference this morning, Arsene confirmed he would be part of the squad despite still having some concerns. “I feel he’s not completely physically ready, but he always wants to play”, he said.
Vermaelen’s presence could allow the manager to move Laurent Koscielny to right back in the absence of Bacary Sagna and Carl Jenkinson, although the youngster will have a late fitness test ahead of the game.